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shear

 [shēr]
an applied force that tends to cause an opposite but parallel sliding motion of the planes of an object. Such motions cause tissues and blood vessels to move in such a way that blood flow may be interrupted, placing the patient at risk for pressure ulcers. An example of a shearing force is seen when a patient slumps in a chair; the skin around the buttocks is stretched by the movement and interferes with circulation.

shear

(shēr),
The distortion of a body by two oppositely directed parallel forces. The distortion consists of a sliding over one another of imaginary planes (within the body) parallel to the planes of the forces.
[A.S.]

shear

(shîr)
v. sheared, sheared or shorn (shôrn), shearing, shears
v.tr.
1. To remove (fleece or hair) by cutting or clipping.
2. To remove the hair or fleece from.
v.intr.
To use a cutting tool such as shears.
n.
1. often shears
a. A pair of scissors.
b. Any of various implements or machines that cut with a scissorlike action.
2. The act, process, or result of shearing, especially when used to indicate a sheep's age: a two-shear ram.
3. Something cut off by shearing.

shear′er n.

shear

(shēr)
Distortion of a body by two oppositely directed parallel forces; consists of a sliding over one another of imaginary planes (within body) parallel to planes of forces.
[A.S.]