Definition of Shears

1. Noun. Large scissors with strong blades.

Specialized synonyms: Clipper, Pruning Shears, Snips, Tinsnips, Thinning Shears
Generic synonyms: Pair Of Scissors, Scissors
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Derivative terms: Shear, Shear



Definition of Shears

1. n. pl. A cutting instrument.

Definition of Shears

1. Noun. (plural of shear) ¹

2. Noun. (plurale tantum) A tool consisting of two blades with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, used for cutting cloth, or for removing the fleece from sheep etc ¹

3. Verb. (third-person singular of shear) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shears

1. shear [v] - See also: shear

Medical Definition of Shears

1. 1. A cutting instrument. Specifically: An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, used for cutting cloth and other substances. "Fate urged the shears, and cut the sylph in twain." (Pope) A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, used for shearing sheep or skins. A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge. 2. Anything in the form of shears. Specifically: A pair of wings. An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle. Alternative forms: sheers. 3. The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured; as, the shears of a lathe or planer. Origin: Formerly used also in the singular. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shears

sheared flow
shearer
shearers
shearfree
shearing
shearings
shearleg
shearlegs
shearless
shearlike
shearling
shearlings
shearman
shearmen
shears (current term)
sheartail
sheartails
shearwall
shearwalls
shearwater
shearwaters
sheas
sheat
sheatfish
sheatfishes
sheath
sheath-winged
sheath cake
sheath knife

Literary usage of Shears

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1. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"blooming mill shears, and for severing the bloom in case of a cobble. ... The shears are vertical acting with the top blade actuated by the cylinder. No. ..."

2. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"blooming mill shears, and for severing the bloom in case of a cobble. ... The shears are vertical acting with the top blade actuated by the cylinder. No. ..."

3. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"shears are also made having a thin cutting-blade closing in between two opposite ... The bar-shears have usually one stationary and one oscillating jaw, ..."

4. Structural Engineers' Handbook: Data for the Design and Construction of by Milo Smith Ketchum (1914)
"The maximum bending moments and end shears, for Cooper's E 60, and AREA special loadings, for girders up to 125 ft. span are given in Table III. ..."

5. Structural Engineers' Handbook: Data for the Design and Construction of by Milo Smith Ketchum (1918)
"The maximum bending moments and end shears, for Cooper's E 60, ... shears in Bridges.—shears in the panels of the loaded chords of spans with 3 to 9 panels, ..."

6. Structural Engineers' Handbook: Data for the Design and Construction of by Milo Smith Ketchum (1914)
"The maximum bending moments and end shears, for Cooper's E 60, and AREA special ... To obtain the shears for E 60 loading multiply the tabular values by f. ..."

7. Commercial Nomenclature by John K. Chandler, John C. Redman, Virginia H. Wood, Caroline S. Larner (1897)
"shears, Braid. shears, Brass. shears, Brush. shears, Cardboard. shears, Circular. ... shears, Hair-Clipping. shears, Hand. shears, Hedge. shears ..."

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