• WordNet 3.6
    • n shearer a skilled worker who shears the wool off of sheep or other animals
    • n shearer a workman who uses shears to cut leather or metal or textiles
    • n Shearer Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shearer A reaper.
    • shearer one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap.
    • Shearer One who shears. "Like a lamb dumb before his shearer ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shearer One who shears One who clips or shears sheep; a sheep-shearer.
    • n shearer A dyadic determining a simple shear.
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  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.”


In literature:

We engage the shearers as they come along, in parties or gangs.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
These shearers begin work in southern and middle California, Utah, etc.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
I'm in the Shearers' Union, too.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
I know, and I don't give a shearer's curse for it, so don't you fancy I care.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
And in all this the Son of God was as a lamb, which is dumb before the shearers.
"The Work Of Christ" by A. C. Gaebelein
Before leaving the Dominion there were rumours of an intended strike of shearers in Queensland.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
The shearers round the stations will be done their work shortly, and they'll be in with their cheques.
"Fern Vale (Volume 1)" by Colin Munro
Here the sheep were washed and penned, and anon turned into the enclosures where the shearers were.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Perhaps he knew that when a sheep squirms and kicks, the shearer may cut off a bit of the skin instead of just taking the wool.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
It was an amusing sight to see three or four hundred sheep driven into an enclosure, and then dragged out by the shearers.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
But our over-seer, Jimmy Shearer, was sho' mean.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Never did the sheep turn upon her shearer with a more commanding front.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Song of the Shearers.
"Hand-Loom Weaving" by Mattie Phipps Todd
Of other care they little reckoning make Than how to scramble at the shearers' feast.
"The Golden Treasury" by Various
Gage, H. Half-mile run Shearer, P.C.
"Harper's Round Table, June 11, 1895" by Various
Corporal Peter Shearer, captured.
"The Bright Side of Prison Life" by Samuel A. Swiggett
To-day one finds the hand shearer and the machine shearer at work in America.
"Practical Angora Goat Raising" by C. P. Bailey
The men work very rapidly and a good shearer can easily handle one hundred sheep a day.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
The same thing happens as in the world: shearers and shorn.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
A smart professional shearer will clip one hundred sheep in a day of ten hours.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

The shearers threw some blankets in
To make another swag,
The rousers gave a billy can
And brand new tucker bag.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
I hope they’ll find the squatter “white”,
The cook and shearers “straight”,
When they have reached the shed to-night—
The swagman and his mate.
"The Swagman and His Mate" by Henry Lawson
Yet, though so great his woes, so fierce his pain,
His mouth he never op'ned to complain,
Nor spoke a word unto the savage band,
More than a sheep beneath the shearer's hand :
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Out on the board the old shearer stands,
Grasping his shears in his long, bony hands,
Fixed is his gaze on a bare-bellied 'joe'
Glory if he gets her, won't he make the ringer go.
"Click Go The Shears, Boys" by Anonymous Oceania
“Cribs to be cracked!
There are cribs to be cracked;
And d--------l a sleuth-hound is near us!
The specials are here, but the thief-hunter Clark
Has gone to look after the shearers.”
"[‘Cribs to be Cracked”]" by Henry Lawson
THE weather had been sultry for a fortnight's time or more,
And the shearers had been driving might and main,
For some had got the century who'd ne'er got it before,
And now all hands were wishing for the rain.
"Another Fall of Rain" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

President of Shearer & Assoc.
Maryland's Michelle Shearer was honored at a White House ceremony for being the 2011 national teacher of the year.
Michelle Shearer of Frederick's Urbana High School named National Teacher of the Year.
Michelle Shearer , a chemistry teacher from Frederick is the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.
John Shearer is a freelance contributor to the News Sentinel.
Jeffrey and Karen Shearer .
Watch Alice Russell's Video For Her New Song "Heartbreaker" featuring Spinal Tap's Harry Shearer .
Items tagged with Harry Shearer .
Certified Shearer Work area time frame: Glen Huron, Ontario, CN L0M 1L0.
Articles by Harry Shearer Email the Author.
Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer draws up a play during a time-out Friday night against Whitko.
Shearer got a win her debut as a head coach over county rivalry Whitko 65-59.
Jay Shearer , 81, 115 Greenhill Drive, Butler, Pa.
Shearer 's agile tuba work is showcased on a Latin-tinged "Secret Love," a swinging rendition of Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" and the bluesy, shuffling title track.
STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER : Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life.

In science:

Without the assumption that the vi ’s are different, the best result was obtained by Frankl and F¨uredi in , following earlier results by Katona , Kleitman , Griggs, Lagarias, Odlyzko and Shearer and many others.
Inverse Littlewood-Offord theorems and the condition number of random discrete matrices
Shearer, On the tightest packing of sums of vectors, European J.
Inverse Littlewood-Offord theorems and the condition number of random discrete matrices
Given a graph G and y ∈ V (G), we use X (y , G) for the copy of H containing y in a uniformly chosen H -factor of G, and h(y , G) for H (X (y , G)). (We will not need to worry about G’s without H -factors.) The next lemma is a special case of a fundamental observation of Shearer .
Factors in random graphs
To be precise, the statement we are using is more general than what’s usually referred to as “Shearer’s Lemma,” but is what Shearer’s proof actually gives; it may be stated as follows.
Factors in random graphs
Shearer, Some intersection theorems for ordered sets and graphs, J.
Factors in random graphs
Marsh T. R., 2008, in Phelan D., Ryan O., Shearer A., eds, American Institute of Physics Conference Series Vol. 984.
On the use of electron-multiplying CCDs for astronomical spectroscopy
Shearer, Random walks on regular and irregular graphs.
The Cover Time of Random Walks on Graphs
The proof of Shearer’s lemma is based on the entropy method.
A Tail Bound for Read-k Families of Functions
We derive Theorem 1.1 by constructing an information-theoretic proof of Chernoff bound and applying Shearer’s lemma to make the proof robust for the case of non-independent random variables forming a read-k family.
A Tail Bound for Read-k Families of Functions
From a technical point of view, we construct analogs of Shearer’s lemma for Kullback-Leibler divergence.
A Tail Bound for Read-k Families of Functions
In order to derive bounds on mutual entropy we will use an elegant tool of amazing universality, Shearer’s Lemma [CGFS86].
A Tail Bound for Read-k Families of Functions
We need the following simple corollary of Shearer’s Lemma: Corollary 2.8.
A Tail Bound for Read-k Families of Functions
Phelan, D., Ryan, O. & Shearer, A., Eds. (Springer, Berlin, 2008).
A cold-atom random laser
Shearer, Undercompressive shocks for non-strictly hyperbolic conservation laws, J.
A stability index for detonation waves in Majda's model for reacting flow
Improving some previous results on this conjecture, Shearer showed that if 7∆mon (K c n ) < n, then K c n has a PC Hamilton cycle.
Properly Coloured Cycles and Paths: Results and Open Problems