shear vs sheer : Common Errors in English

About shear vs sheer

You can cut through cloth with a pair of shears, but if the cloth is translucent it’s sheer. People who write about a “shear blouse” do so out of sheer ignorance.

shear Meaning(s)

  • (n) a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
  • (v) shear the wool from
  • (v) become deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain
  • (v) cut with shears
  • (n) (physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
  • (v) cut or cut through with shears

sheer Meaning(s)

  • (s) very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
  • (s) not mixed with extraneous elements
  • (s) so thin as to transmit light
  • (v) turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • (v) cause to sheer
  • (s) complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
  • (r) straight up or down without a break
  • (r) directly

shear in News

  1. ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.13.13): Directional Shear

    The component of wind shear which is due to a change in wind direction with height, e.g., southeasterly winds at the surface and southwesterly winds aloft.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Aero-News Network

  2. Successful first year at Shear Image

    Congratulations, Shear Image, on your successful one-year anniversary.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Pilot-Independent

  3. Hitachi High-Tech Unveils Redesigned DMS7100 with Built-in Camera

    The redesigned Hitachi High-Tech DMS7100 with built in Camera allows you to see your sample while it is undergoing dynamic mechanical testing in any of 7 geometries (single cantilever, dual cantilever, tension, compression, shear, film shear, and 3 point bending). The DMS7100 is easy to load and has easy to use software. The DMS7100 does not require air or gas for use. The optional temperature ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: ThomasNet

sheer in News

  1. Tear gas abates, music fills Turkey's Gezi Park

    Istanbul's Gezi Park has seen days of sheer madness, but they have been punctuated with moments of beauty and joy.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. Turkey: Tear gas halts, music plays

    Istanbul's Gezi Park has seen days of sheer madness, but they have been punctuated with moments of beauty and joy.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  3. Lululemon CEO Christine Day to step down after sheer-pants scandal

    Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s black yoga pants may have made a comeback after being recalled for being too sheer, but the same can’t be said for the company’s chief executive, Christine Day.        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

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