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1. A cutting instrument. Specifically: An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, used for cutting cloth and other substances. Fate urged the shears, and cut the sylph in twain. (pope)

A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, used for shearing sheep or skins.

A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge.

2. Anything in the form of shears. Specifically: A pair of wings.

An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle.

Alternative forms: sheers.

3. (Science: machinery) The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured; as, the shears of a lathe or planer.

Origin: Formerly used also in the singular.

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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... during a haircut. It doesn't have to be my hair that's being cut, although that is a very strong sensation, it can just be the quite sounds of the shears and the "barbers" feet shuffling along the floor as he/she works. I've found video clips of hair cutting online and I can almost completely ...

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Lookin for a genomic DNA extraction kit for bacteria

... from samples. And besides it uses a bead beating lysis, instead of enzymatic one. And that solves may problems, besides being faster. But it shears the DNA a lot and it is slightly more expensive, so it really depends on your applications.

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:50 pm
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Topic: Lookin for a genomic DNA extraction kit for bacteria
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