A large pair of scissors used for cutting wool from sheep or their skins, also the nap of cloth. Shear steel is prepared from blistered steel by repeated heating, rolling, and tilting to increase its malleability and fineness of texture. Two or more poles fastened together at or near the top, and steadied by a guy from which pulleys and ropes are hung for lifting weights or unstepping the lower masts of ships, are called shears.