AskDefine | Define shearing

Dictionary Definition

shearing n : removing by cutting off or clipping

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Describing something (such as a shearing force) that tends to cut or tear.


  1. present participle of shear

Extensive Definition

For similarly pronounced words, see sheer, Shere, or sher.
Shear as a noun may refer to:
Shear as a verb or shearing may refer to
  • Sheep shearing, the process of removing the wool from a sheep
  • Shearing interferometer, in optics, a simple and very common means to check the collimation of beams by observing interference
  • Shearing (physics), the deformation of a material substance in which parallel internal surfaces slide past one another
  • Skin, specifically, the tearing and splitting of the layers
  • Shearing in computer graphics, more commonly called Page tearing
SHEAR as an acronym may refer to
shearing in German: Scherung
shearing in French: Shear
shearing in Japanese: シアリング
shearing in Simple English: Shear
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