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Definition of Shears

Shears

  1. A cutting instrument.
  2. An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, -- used for cutting cloth and other substances.
  3. A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, -- used for shearing sheep or skins.
  4. A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge.
  5. Anything in the form of shears.
  6. A pair of wings.
  7. An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle.
  8. The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured; as, the shears of a lathe or planer. See Illust. under Lathe.

Shears Quotations

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Sydney Smith

The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion.
Dean Koontz

The statesman shears the sheep; the politician skins them.
Austin O'Malley

It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Sydney Smith
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Shears Translations

shears in German is Scheren
shears in Italian is forbice
shears in Latin is forfex
shears in Spanish is tijeras de esquilar
shears in Swedish is ullsax

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