shear pin


Definition of shear pin

: an easily replaceable pin inserted at a critical point in a machine and designed to break when stressed to excess

Examples of shear pin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With lawn mowers, many times people would hit something and break the shear pin. Arkansas Online, "Remembering Rogers: Walmart No. 1 meant family, country music and training managers," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shear pin

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2020

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“Shear pin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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