shears

noun
large scissors with strong blades
Derivationally related forms: ↑shear
Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form
Hypernyms: ↑scissors, ↑pair of scissors
Hyponyms: ↑clipper, ↑pruning shears, ↑snips, ↑tinsnips, ↑thinning shears

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plural of shear
present third singular of shear

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shears /shērz/ (engineering)
plural noun
Same as ways (see under ↑way1)
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shears plural noun
1. Orig scissors (also Scot)
2. Now a larger pair of clippers, or any scissorlike cutting instrument, with a pivot or spring
3. A hoisting apparatus (see ↑sheers under ↑sheer2)
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Main Entry:shear
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sheers or shears plural noun
An apparatus for hoisting heavy weights, having legs or spars spread apart at their lower ends, and hoisting tackle at their joined tops
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Main Entry:sheer

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shears UK [ʃɪə(r)z] US [ʃɪrz] noun [plural] [singular shears plural shears]
a tool like a very large pair of scissors that is used for cutting grass or bushes
Thesaurus: gardening and farming tools and machineshyponym

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shears «shihrz», noun (plural).
1. large scissors: »

barber's shears.

2. any cutting instrument resembling scissors: »

grass shears, tin shears.

3. an apparatus for hoisting heavy weights, consisting of two or more poles fastened together at the top to support a block and tackle.
[Old English scēara, plural of scēar. Compare etym. under share2. (Cf.share)]

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[shi(ə)rz]
(also a pair of shears) plural n. a cutting instrument in which two blades move past each other, like scissors but typically larger

garden shears

Origin:
Old English scēara (plural) ‘scissors, cutting instrument’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaar and German Schere, also to shear

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/ˈʃiɚz/ noun [plural]
: a large, heavy pair of scissors — see also pinking shears

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shears [ʃɪəz] [ʃɪrz] noun plural
a garden tool like a very large pair of scissors, used for cutting bushes and ↑hedges

a pair of garden shears

see also pinking shears
 
Word Origin:
[shears] Old English scēara (plural) ‘scissors, cutting instrument’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaar and German Schere, also to shear.

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shears
see shear n.1

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Shears — Shears, n. pl. [Formerly used also in the singular. See {Shear}, n., 1.] 1. A cutting instrument. Specifically: (a) An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shears — [shir′legz΄shirz] pl.n. 1. a pair of scissors, usually large, as used in gardening: also called pair of shears 2. any of several large tools or machines used to cut metal, etc. by the scissors action of two opposed cutting edges 3. a device used… …   Universalium

  • shears — [ʃıəz US ʃırz] n [plural] a heavy tool for cutting, like a big pair of scissors ▪ Sam was trimming the hedge with a pair of garden shears …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shears — shears; shears·man; …   English syllables

  • shears — (also a pair of shears) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a cutting instrument in which two blades move past each other, like very large scissors …   English terms dictionary

  • shears — [shir′legz΄shirz] pl.n. 1. a pair of scissors, usually large, as used in gardening: also called pair of shears 2. any of several large tools or machines used to cut metal, etc. by the scissors action of two opposed cutting edges 3. a device used… …   English World dictionary

  • shears — [ ʃırz ] noun plural a tool like a very large pair of scissors that is used for cutting grass or bushes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shears — large scissors, O.E. sceara (pl.), from P.Gmc. *skær ; see SHEAR (Cf. shear). In 17c., also a device for raising the masts of ships (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shears — Jake Shears im Jahre 2005 Jake Shears (* 3. Oktober 1978 in Arizona als Jason Sellards) ist der Frontsänger der amerikanischen Band Scissor Sisters. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Biografie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shears — n. 1) pinking; pruning shears 2) a pair of shears * * * pruning shears a pair of shears pinking …   Combinatory dictionary

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