shear-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Cut something from somewhere, (as if) with shears.

Shear the sheep, Sally.
Workers sheared the hedges.
Sheer the wool off the lamb.

VerbNet: wipe_instr-10.4.2-1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: shear.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: Become deformed by forces producing a shearing strain.

The cables sheared under the weight of the cargo.
The rope sheared and the climber fell.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4