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shear stress

or shearing stress

noun, Physics.
1.
the external force acting on an object or surface parallel to the slope or plane in which it lies; the stress tending to produce shear.
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  • On the lower rivets the shear stress becomes 9·7 tons, and the bearing pressure 27·4 tons, per square inch.

    The Anatomy of Bridgework William Henry Thorpe
  • shear stress is such that, when material collapses under it, one part slides over the other.

British Dictionary definitions for shear stress

shear stress

noun
1.
the form of stress in a body, part, etc, that tends to produce cutting rather than stretching or bending
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shear stress in Science
shear stress  
A form of stress that subjects an object to which force is applied to skew, tending to cause shear strain. For example, shear stress on a block of wood would arise by fixing one end and applying force to this other; this would tend to change the block's shape from a rectangle to a parallelogram. See also strain.
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