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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Shears  \Shears\,  n.  pl  [Formerly  used  also  in  the  singular.  See 
  {Shear},  n.,  1.] 
  1.  A  cutting  instrument.  Specifically: 
  a  An  instrument  consisting  of  two  blades,  commonly  with 
  bevel  edges,  connected  by  a  pivot,  and  working  on  both 
  sides  of  the  material  to  be  cut,  --  used  for  cutting 
  cloth  and  other  substances. 
  Fate  urged  the  shears,  and  cut  the  sylph  in 
  twain.  --Pope. 
  b  A  similar  instrument  the  blades  of  which  are 
  extensions  of  a  curved  spring,  --  used  for  shearing 
  sheep  or  skins. 
  c  A  shearing  machine;  a  blade,  or  a  set  of  blades, 
  working  against  a  resisting  edge. 
  2.  Anything  in  the  form  of  shears.  Specifically: 
  a  A  pair  of  wings.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
  b  An  apparatus  for  raising  heavy  weights,  and  especially 
  for  stepping  and  unstepping  the  lower  masts  of  ships. 
  It  consists  of  two  or  more  spars  or  pieces  of  timber, 
  fastened  together  near  the  top  steadied  by  a  guy  or 
  guys,  and  furnished  with  the  necessary  tackle. 
  [Written  also  {sheers}.] 
  3.  (Mach.)  The  bedpiece  of  a  machine  tool,  upon  which  a  table 
  or  slide  rest  is  secured;  as  the  shears  of  a  lathe  or 
  planer.  See  Illust.  under  {Lathe}. 
  {Rotary  shears}.  See  under  {Rotary}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  large  scissors  with  strong  blades 

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