: formed or finished by shearing
especially : cut to uniform length
a sheared rug

Examples of sheared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Helix also has an inventive two-cover design, with one side a soft fleece, and the other sheared microfibers—all cooling. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 20 Jan. 2023 With its play on dimensions and shape, the sheared look operates almost like an instant face-lift for nearly all wearers. André-Naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2022 Sitting in Steve’s open garage Tuesday, gazing on a street strewn with sheared tree limbs, Paul recalled how Irma had destroyed his trailer, tossing it into a pond and rendering him homeless. Brian MacQuarrie, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2022 Two moments remain fixed: being introduced to Elston Howard, the first-base coach and former catcher; and not being introduced to a famously mustachioed relief pitcher, naked as a sheared sheep, on his leisurely way to the shower. Mark Singer, The New Yorker, 1 June 2022 Or a tighter, more sheared look like Hebe ‘Red Edge,’ a variety that’s reliably hardy here, and keeps that tight form without needing to shear? oregonlive, 23 Feb. 2021 Lindley appears again, giggling, in a charred crater with sheared pole shards and pocked with shrapnel tunnels. Eric Dexheimer, ExpressNews.com, 16 Oct. 2020 Recover the sheared end pieces of stone, which should be disk-shaped and sharp along the edge. Keith McCafferty, Field & Stream, 24 Apr. 2020 That’s when coach Bill Belichick started Brady instead of Drew Bledsoe, who was finally healthy after suffering a sheared blood vessel injury against the Jets earlier in the season. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheared was in 1616

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“Sheared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheared. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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