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shear stress

or shearing stress

noun, Physics.
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. Unabridged
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shear stress

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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