from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Shearing, George Albert Born 1919. British jazz pianist and composer whose signature sound is marked by a unique quintet arrangement that includes bass, guitar, drums, and vibraphone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine, as the wool from sheep, or the nap from cloth.
  • n. The product of the act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine.
  • n. Same as Shearling.
  • n. The act or operation of reaping.
  • n. The act or operation of dividing with shears.
  • n. The process of preparing shear steel; tilting.
  • n. The process of making a vertical side cutting in working into a face of coal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of cutting by means of two edges of hardened steel, or the like, which pass one another closely, as in ordinary shears and scissors, and in machines made on the same principle.
  • n. That which is shorn or clipped off; that which is obtained by shearing: as, the shearings of cloth; the whole shearing of a flock.
  • n. A shearling.
  • n. The act, operation, or time of reaping; harvest.
  • n. The process of producing shear-steel by condensing blistered steel and rendering it uniform.
  • n. In geology, the compression, elongation, and deformation of various kinds to which the components of rocks have frequently been subjected in consequence of crust-movements; the dynamic processes by which shear-structure has been produced.
  • n. In mining, the making of vertical cuts at the ends of a part of an undercut seam of coal, serving to destroy the continuity of the strata and facilitate the breaking down of the mass.
  • n. In dynamics, the operation of producing a shear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. removing by cutting off or clipping


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