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

  • adj. Shaped or finished by shearing, especially cut or trimmed to a uniform length: a sheared fur coat.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of shear.

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

  • adj. (used especially of fur or wool) shaped or finished by cutting or trimming to a uniform length
  • adj. having the hair or wool cut or clipped off as if with shears or clippers


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  • A line of pain sheared through his torso, driving him to the floor, where he writhed, scrabbling at his back.

    Excerpt: Eldest by Christopher Paolini

  • In newspaper offices you belong at once or you never belong; and to belong is to have your name sheared to as few syllables as possible.

    The Drums of Jeopardy

  • Before Tsotha could toss the globe in his left hand, Conan's sword sheared through his lean neck.

    Wings in the Night

  • Wulfhere's shield fell from his arm in two pieces as the Atlantean's sword sheared clear through it, and Kull staggered as the Northman's ax, driven with all the force of his great body, descended on the golden circlet about his head.

    People of the Dark

  • Conan's sword sheared through his skull as through a ripe melon.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • With a furious oath Conan struck, and his sword sheared the horrid shape in half.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • Kamahl's sword sheared through the falling club and cut the man's arm free.


  • Abruptly a slicing blow of his broadsword sheared through flesh and bone, but even as it did, he was forced to jump back to avoid a decapitating stroke.

    Conan The Victorious

  • Bodies, whole or dismembered, spilled off the platform as his sword sheared through white, unnatural flesh.

    Conan the Freebooter

  • He started to yell, but the sound was cut off by a meaty chunk as Conan's sword sheared through his neck.

    Conan the Freebooter


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