Definition of shears in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɪəz
(also a pair of shears)


A cutting instrument in which two blades move past each other, like scissors but typically larger: garden shears
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  • The old lady had brought a brush and a pair of shears that she was probably going to cut my hair with.
  • After it is snapped, trim the paper on the uncut side with a pair of shears or a sharp knife.
  • Yesterday I used my magical powers (as well as a thirty-year old pair of shears in need of a little bit of attention with a whetstone) to trim the hedge that runs along the side and in front of the house.


Old English scēara (plural) 'scissors, cutting instrument', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaar and German Schere, also to shear.

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