Definition of shear off
1 : to become separated suddenly because of great force The excess weight caused the bolt to shear off.
2 : to remove (something) with great force The impact of the crash sheared off the airplane's wing.
Word by Word Definitions
: from a place or position
: away from land
: at a distance in space or time
: used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union
: to seaward of
: from the possession or charge of
: more removed or distant
: to go away : depart
: kill, murder
: office; officer; official
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