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- n. Plural form of shear.
- n. A tool consisting of two blades with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, used for cutting cloth, or for removing the fleece from sheep etc
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A cutting instrument.
- n.pl. An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, -- used for cutting cloth and other substances.
- n.pl. A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, -- used for shearing sheep or skins.
- n.pl. A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge.
- n.pl. Anything in the form of shears.
- n.pl. A pair of wings.
- n.pl. An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle.
- n.pl. The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured. See Illust. under Lathe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting- or clipping-instrument consisting of two pivoted blades with beveled edges facing each other, such as is used for cutting cloth, or of a single piece of steel bent round until the blades meet, the elasticity of the back causing the blades to spring open when the pressure used in cutting has ceased.
- n. Something in the form of the blades of shears.
- n. In bookbinding, a long, heavy, curved knife, with a handle at one end and a heavy counterpoise at the other end of the blade, which cuts thick millboards, scissors, fashion, against a fixed straight knife on the side of an iron table.
- n. An apparatus for raising heavy weights. See sheers, 2.
- n. The ways or track of a lathe, upon which the lathe-head, poppet-head, and rest are placed.
- n. A shears-moth.
- In calico-printing, two metal clamps for holding the blade of the doctor on a cylinder printing-machine.
- In the steam fire-engine, the side frames which carry the weight of the boiler and engine and transmit it to the wheels.
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- n. large scissors with strong blades
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