As nouns the difference between gunwale and shear
is that gunwale
is (nautical) the top edge of the hull of a nautical vessel, where it meets the deck while shear
is a cutting tool similar to scissors, but often larger.
As a verb shear is
to cut, originally with a sword or other bladed weapon, now usually with shears, or as if using shears.
As an adjective shear is
(nautical) The top edge of the hull of a nautical vessel, where it meets the deck.
To cut, originally with a sword or other bladed weapon, now usually with shears, or as if using shears.
* 1819 , Walter Scott, Ivanhoe :
- So trenchant was the Templar’s weapon, that it shore asunder, as it had been a willow twig, the tough and plaited handle of the mace, which the ill-fated Saxon reared to parry the blow, and, descending on his head, levelled him with the earth.
To remove the fleece from a sheep etc by clipping.
(physics) To deform because of shearing forces.
(Scotland) To reap, as grain.
- the golden tresses were shorn away
(figurative) To deprive of property; to fleece.
a cutting tool similar to scissors, but often larger
the act of shearing, or something removed by shearing
- short of the wool, and naked from the shear
(physics) a force that produces a shearing strain
(geology) The response of a rock to deformation usually by compressive stress, resulting in particular textures.
- After the second shearing, he is a two-shear' ram; at the expiration of another year, he is a three-' shear ram; the name always taking its date from the time of shearing.