The slicing nature of shears to the delicacy of sheers. It’s such a contrast of purpose from the hardness of a cutting implement to the daintiness of a transparent fabric.
I suppose the sheer drop could compete against the shear break or shift of a structure, but it’s a strain.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: shear|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Plural Noun 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
Plural noun and third person present verb: shears
|Adjective 3; Adverb
Noun 4; Plural Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 5
|Cut, break off
Strain in the structure of a substance produced by pressure when its layers are laterally shifted in relation to each other
Scissors used for tailoring
To progress by or as if by cutting
[Mechanics, Geology] To become fractured along a plane as a result of forces acting parallel to the plane
[Chiefly Scottish] To reap crops with a sickle
Cut something off with scissors or shears
Break off or cause to break off owing to a structural strain
[Attrib.] Nothing other than unmitigated (used for emphasis)
[Of a fabric] Very thin, diaphanous
Perpendicular or nearly so
[British; obsolete] Bright
A very fine or diaphanous fabric or article
[Shipbuilding] The curved fore and aft line formed by the uppermost plank of a boat 4
[Nautical] Position of a vessel riding toward its anchor
[Nautical] An apparatus consisting of two masts, or legs, secured together at the top, and provided with ropes or chains and pulleys
[Shipbuilding] To give sheer to a hull
The wind shear is bad at this altitude.
Shear forces often result in shear strain.
Shear stress results in slippage and translation (Tulane University).
Along some faults, rocks are sheared or drawn out by ductile deformation along the fault (Tulane University).
We’ll be shearing the crops soon.
Get those sheep sheared.
The derailleur sheared and jammed in the rear wheel.
In that last recession, the richest man in the U.S. was shorn of nearly $2 billion.
That bolt was almost completely sheared off.
The sheer gall of the man!
They used a sheer, white chiffon for the curtains.
she giggled with sheer delight.
Marriage is sheer hard work.
The sheer ice walls loomed above us.
She went sheer forward when the door was open.
We took a sheer back to port.
She took a big sheer to starboard.
Her sheer broke when she swung right.
“The sheers has one motion on its steps describing an arc, and is inclined from the perpendicular to a greater or less extent as required, by slacking or hauling on the guy-rope or fall of the sheer-tackle” (Knight, 2,141).
Her mind sheered away from images she didn’t want to dwell on.
He sheered off from the topic.
Noun: shearer, shearleg
|Adjective: sheerer, sheerest
Noun: sheer clamp, sheer strake, sheerness
If you’re interest in tons more nautical terms using sheer, check out more of Knight’s book on Google.
|History of the Word:|
|1 1610s sceran, originally meaning cut through with a weapon, is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch and German scheren, from a base meaning divide, shear, or shave.
It is also a unit of measure of the age of a sheep.
1850 in the scientific and mechanical sense of type of strain.
2 Old English sceran, scieran with a past tense of scear and the past participle scoren meaning to cleave, hew, cut with a sharp instrument; cut (hair); shear (sheep), from the Proto-Germanic *sker- meaning to cut.
Compare to the Old Norse and Old Frisian skera, the Dutch scheren, the German scheren meaning to shear, which are from PIE *(s)ker- meaning to cut, to scrape, to hack.
Compare these with the Sanskrit krnati meaning hurts, wounds, kills; krntati meaning cuts; the Hittite karsh- meaning to cut off; the Greek keirein meaning to cut, shear; the Latin curtus meaning short; the Lithuanian skiriu meaning to separate; the Old Irish scaraim meaning I separate; and, the Welsh ysgar meaning to separate or ysgyr meaning fragment.
|3 Middle English, in the sense of exempt, cleared, is probably an alteration of the dialectical shire meaning pure, clear, which is from the Germanic base of the verb shine.
In the mid 16th century, the word was used to describe clear, pure water and very thin fabric.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
The image is part of a how-to on “How to Sew Sheer Fabric” on Student Designer (it used to be The Sewing Corner) by Sabrina Wharton-Brown.