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Shears


SHEARS, noun plural [from the verb.]

1. An instrument consisting of two blades with a bevel edge, movable on a pin, used for cutting cloth and other substances by interception between the two blades. shears differ from scissors chiefly in being larger.

Fate urg'd the shears and cut the sylph in twain. Pope.

2. Something in the form of the blades of shears

3. Wings. [Not in use.]

4. An engine for raising heavy weights. [See Sheers.]

5. The denomimation of the age of sheep from the cutting of the teeth; as sheep of one shear, two shear, etc. [Local.]