Synonyms and Antonyms of shear
1 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 of shear bob, crop, cut, cut back, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, shave, clip, snip, trimWords Related to shear skive, whittle; manicure, mow; pinch, stump; curtail, shortenNear Antonyms of shear elongate, extend, lengthen
2 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 Synonyms of shear gash, incise, rip, cut, slash, slice, slitWords Related to shear crosscut, hacksaw, saw, scissor; cleave, rive, split; pierce, stab; bruise, butcher, hack, haggle, lacerate, mangle; rend, tear; carve, chip, chisel, notch; anatomize, dissect, section; chop, dice, mince; amputate, cut off, sever
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