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(mechanical engineering)
Separation of material by the cutting action of shears.
(mining engineering)
The vertical side cutting which, together with holing or horizontal undercutting, constitutes the attack upon a face of coal.
A process to remove surface irregularities in a napped fabric by passing it through a cylindrical machine with rotating spiral blades.



in animal husbandry, the removal of the hairy covering from animals to obtain wool (sheep, goats, camels), to take care of skin, or to promote heat exchange (cattle and horses). Certain breeds of dog are clipped in order to achieve a desired appearance. Fine-wooled and semifine-wooled sheep are sheared only once a year, in the spring; coarse-wooled and semicoarsewooled sheep are sheared in the spring and fall. In countries with a developed sheep-raising industry, shearing is for the most part mechanized. In the USSR about 90 percent of the sheep population is sheared by machine. During the shearing period special sheds are set up and are equipped with shearing machines with 24, 36, 48, or 60 units or with sets of equipment for shearing sheep on 24 (KTO-24) or 48 (KTO-48) machines. Most common is a method of shearing derived from methods worked out by New Zealand sheep shearers. Under optimum conditions a sheep can be sheared in two to 2½ minutes.



in textile production, the removal of protruding ends of threads, knots, and hairs from the surface of a fabric and the evening of the length of pile to improve the fabric’s appearance. Both woven and knitted fabrics undergo shearing. The process is carried out on two types of machines: lengthwise shearing machines (the major type) and transverse shearing machines, which are used to cut the fabric ends. The working element is a shearing mechanism consisting of a cylinder to which spiral blades are attached, a flat steel blade, a table, and guiding rollers. The rapidly rotating cylinder and the stationary flat blade form a scissors mechanism that cuts the fabric as it passes through the shearing mechanism.

Machines with outputs from 27–81 m per min are used in the USSR to shear coarse cotton, linen, light woolens, and artificial and natural silk fabrics. Machines with outputs of 8–24 m per min are used for heavy woven and knitted fabrics.

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Shepherds also find a pair of shears useful when they come across a solitary sheep that has escaped the shearer at shearing time.
They also studied the mechanical properties of alfalfa stems and observed maximum shearing stresses ranging between 0.
Note both the holds on the sheep, often by use of the shearer's foot or knee, and the pattern of shearing in the illustrations on the following pages.
He has been shearing since he was 10 and attained six championships in New Zealand last year, followed by a top 20 position at the prestigious Golden Shears, where the cream of Kiwi shearers, the best in the world, come together for their national contest.
A similar finish was posted by Beddgelert beef and sheep farmer Gareth Owen in the blade shearing finals.
The shearing competitions are a major attraction and over the three days of the show, more than 1,000 sheep will be brought from or shearers entering the competitive classes.
Since the specimens containing knots in this experiment failed without shearing of the knots, the shear strength of specimens with knots is not statistically distinguishable from the shear strength of matched clear wood samples.
The shearing boundary conditions were obtained by applying a constant strain rate to the right at the top of the figure and to the left at the bottom of the figure.
Shearing and plug flow again are the reasons for the formation of the bands of defects, and the position of the stress raisers and the resulting velocity profile explain the location of the band.