- [noun] (physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves; "the shear changed the quadrilateral into a parallelogram"
- [noun] (usually plural) large scissors with strong blades
- [noun] a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
- [verb] cut with shears; "shear hedges"
- [verb] shear the wool from; "shear sheep"
- [verb] cut or cut through with shears