shear off

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

shear play
  1. : to cut off the hair from

  2. : to cut or clip (hair, wool, etc.) from someone or something

  3. : to reap with a sickle

  1. : a cutting implement similar or identical to a pair of scissors but typically larger

  2. : one blade of a pair of shears

  3. : any of various cutting tools or machines operating by the action of opposed cutting edges of metal

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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