What Does `shearing` Mean?


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The word "shearing" is used in a number of ways. It is used to refer to the act of separating two materials by the application of a cutting action using shears. In the field of mining it is used to refer to the attack that is made by vertical side cutting and horizontal undercutting on the face of coal. It is a process by which a napped fabric is smoothed and surface irregularities removed by passing it through a cylindrical machine that contains spiral rotating blades.

The word "shearing" is also a verb form of the word shear which primarily refers to the removal of hair or a fleece by the act of clipping or cutting it. The word through its root "shear" can be traced to the Middle English word "scheren" which was derived from the Old English word "scear".

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