Definitions

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  • adj. Describing something (such as a shearing force) that tends to cut or tear.
  • v. Present participle of shear.
  • 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. Alternative form of 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.

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Examples

  • For a long while, long after the creature had hurtled away in shearing splinters of radiance, he sat there, legs folded under him in the blaze of 118-degree heat, thinking alternately: This is working, and I am losing my mind.

    The Silence

  • Whitney suffered what is known as a shearing of the brain.

    Mistaken Identity

  • The new method of alternative shearing is still a few years away but researcher Michelle Hebard says the possibilities are endless.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Shearing sheep

  • The new method of alternative shearing is still a few years away [...]

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Shearing sheep

  • He had cut a lock of hair, the edge of his sword shearing through it effortlessly, when he remembered another bit of witch lore.

    Conan and The Mists of Door

  • On one slope we got a good view of the land and the pressure ridges to the S.E. They seem to be disposed 'en échelon' and gave me the idea of shearing cracks.

    Scott's Last Expedition Volume I

  • _ There seems some little confusion in the season of the fourth act -- the feast for the sheep-shearing, which is in the very beginning of summer -- yet Perdita dates the season as "the year growing ancient" --

    The plant-lore & garden-craft of Shakespeare

  • McRae said he and Willis use the New Zealand system of shearing, which is all about the control and handling of the sheep.

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  • The dull-witted rentiers who stand still for the shearing are the more modest savers of lower income, even the workers themselves.

    Mises Dailies

  • And that not only is breaking down Gamma a bit and kind of shearing it apart to some degree, because it could be a lot more intense if we didn't have those winds, but it's also steering it and guiding it.

    CNN Transcript Nov 19, 2005

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