Shear"ing, n.

1.

The act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine, as the wool from sheep, or the nap from cloth.

2.

The product of the act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine; as, the whole shearing of a flock; the shearings from cloth.

3.

Same as Shearling.

Youatt.

4.

The act or operation of reaping.

[Scot.]

5.

The act or operation of dividing with shears; as, the shearing of metal plates.

6.

The process of preparing shear steel; tilting.

7. Mining

The process of making a vertical side cutting in working into a face of coal.

Shearing machine. (a) A machine with blades, or rotary disks, for dividing plates or bars of metal. (b) A machine for shearing cloth.

 

© Webster 1913.

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