Definition of SHEAR

to make (something) shorter or smaller with the use of a cutting instrument <it took almost a week to shear all the wool off the flock of sheep>
Synonyms bob, crop, cut, cut back, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, shave, shear, snip, trim
Near Antonyms elongate, extend, lengthen
to penetrate with a sharp edge (as a knife) <the shark's razor-sharp teeth sheared the swimmer's flesh right down to the bone>

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