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  1. [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"

  2. [noun] (usually plural) large scissors with strong blades

  3. [noun] a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it

  4. [verb] cut with shears; "shear hedges"

  5. [verb] shear the wool from; "shear sheep"
    Synonyms: fleece

  6. [verb] cut or cut through with shears


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