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Definition of shearing:

  1. Same as Shearling.
  2. The act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine, as the wool from sheep, or the nap from cloth.
  3. The act or operation of dividing with shears; as, the shearing of metal plates.
  4. The act or operation of reaping.
  5. The process of making a vertical side cutting in working into a face of coal.
  6. The process of preparing shear steel; tilting.
  7. 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.

Synonyms:

prune, cut back, cattle prod, brand, dress, crop, cow town, trim, crate, crook, dairy, dip, lop, snip, shear, clip, corral.

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