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shed1

[shed] /ʃɛd/
noun
1.
a slight or rude structure built for shelter, storage, etc.
2.
a large, strongly built structure, often open at the sides or end.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; variant of shade
Related forms
shedlike, adjective

shed2

[shed] /ʃɛd/
verb (used with object), shed, shedding.
1.
to pour forth (water or other liquid), as a fountain.
2.
to emit and let fall, as tears.
3.
to impart or release; give or send forth (light, sound, fragrance, influence, etc.).
4.
to resist being penetrated or affected by:
cloth that sheds water.
5.
to cast off or let fall (leaves, hair, feathers, skin, shell, etc.) by natural process.
6.
Textiles. to separate (the warp) in forming a shed.
verb (used without object), shed, shedding.
7.
to fall off, as leaves.
8.
to drop out, as hair, seed, grain, etc.
9.
to cast off hair, feathers, skin, or other covering or parts by natural process.
noun
10.
Textiles. (on a loom) a triangular, transverse opening created between raised and lowered warp threads through which the shuttle passes in depositing the loose pick.
Idioms
11.
shed blood,
  1. to cause blood to flow.
  2. to kill by violence; slaughter.
Origin
before 950; Middle English s(c)hed(d)en (v.), Old English scēadan, variant of sceādan; cognate with German scheiden to divide
Related forms
shedable, sheddable, adjective
nonshedding, adjective
unshedding, adjective
Synonyms
3. emit, radiate, effuse, spread. 4. repel. 9. molt.

she'd

[sheed] /ʃid/
1.
contraction of she had.
2.
contraction of she would.
Usage note
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Examples from the web for shed
  • Lightly filtered shade is cast by intricate canopy of twigs rather than by tiny leaves, which are shed early.
  • Tears shed because of exposure to a cut onion would contain no such substance.
  • Today's economic downturn has shed light on why ensuring data control, quality and efficiency is critical.
  • The study of living things may shed light on urban planning.
  • Snakes add a new rattle segment each time they shed.
  • Lizards will often shed their tails to escape a predator.
  • No matter what you do, the tree is going to shed needles destined to become lodged in the bottom of your foot.
  • If the shed goes well, the skin releases in a single piece, as shown below.
  • shed a thought, though, of whence this economic strength.
  • During the more moderate summer season goats shed this coat.
British Dictionary definitions for shed

shed1

/ʃɛd/
noun
1.
a small building or lean-to of light construction, used for storage, shelter, etc
2.
a large roofed structure, esp one with open sides, used for storage, repairing locomotives, sheepshearing, etc
3.
a large retail outlet in the style of a warehouse
4.
(NZ) another name for freezing works
5.
(NZ) in the shed, at work
verb sheds, shedding, shedded
6.
(transitive) (NZ) to store (hay or wool) in a shed
Derived Forms
shedlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sced; probably variant of scead shelter, shade

shed2

/ʃɛd/
verb (mainly transitive) sheds, shedding, shed
1.
to pour forth or cause to pour forth: to shed tears, shed blood
2.
shed light on, shed light upon, throw light on, throw light upon, to clarify or supply additional information about
3.
to cast off or lose: the snake shed its skin, trees shed their leaves
4.
(of a lorry) to drop (its load) on the road by accident
5.
to abolish or get rid of (jobs, workers, etc)
6.
to repel: this coat sheds water
7.
(also intransitive) (in weaving) to form an opening between (the warp threads) in order to permit the passage of the shuttle
8.
(transitive) (dialect) to make a parting in (the hair)
noun
9.
(in weaving) the space made by shedding
10.
short for watershed
11.
(mainly Scot) a parting in the hair
Derived Forms
shedable, sheddable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sceadan; related to Gothic skaidan, Old High German skeidan to separate; see sheath

shed3

/ʃɛd/
verb sheds, shedding, shed
1.
(transitive) to separate or divide off (some farm animals) from the remainder of a group: a good dog can shed his sheep in a matter of minutes
noun
2.
(of a dog) the action of separating farm animals
Derived Forms
shedding, noun
Word Origin
from shed²

shed4

/ʃɛd/
noun
1.
(physics) a former unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10–52 square metre
Word Origin
C20: from shed1; so called by comparison to barn² because of its smaller size

she'd

/ʃiːd/
contraction
1.
she had or she would
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Word Origin and History for shed
n.

"building for storage," 1855, earlier "light, temporary shelter" (late 15c., shadde), possibly a dialectal variant of a specialized use of shade (n.). Originally of the barest sort of shelter. Or from or influenced in sense development by Middle English schudde (shud) "a shed, hut."

v.

"cast off," Old English sceadan, scadan "to divide, separate, part company; discriminate, decide; scatter abroad, cast about," strong verb (past tense scead, past participle sceadan), from Proto-Germanic *skaithan (cf. Old Saxon skethan, Old Frisian sketha, Middle Dutch sceiden, Dutch scheiden, Old High German sceidan, German scheiden "part, separate, distinguish," Gothic skaidan "separate"), from *skaith "divide, split."

According to Klein's sources, this probably is related to PIE root *skei- "to cut, separate, divide, part, split" (cf. Sanskrit chid-, Greek skhizein, Latin scindere "to split;" Lithuanian skedzu "I make thin, separate, divide;" Old Irish scian "knife;" Welsh chwydu "to break open"). Related: Shedding. A shedding-tooth (1799) was a milk-tooth or baby-tooth.

In reference to animals, "to lose hair, feathers, etc." recorded from c.1500; of trees losing leaves from 1590s; of clothes, 1858. This verb was used in Old English to gloss Late Latin words in the sense "to discriminate, to decide" that literally mean "to divide, separate" (cf. discern). Hence also scead (n.) "separation, distinction; discretion, understanding, reason;" sceadwisnes "discrimination, discretion."

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Slang definitions & phrases for shed

shed

Related Terms

woodshed


shet

adjective

Free of; unencumbered by: There it was again: ''risk.'' I wondered if I'd ever be shed of it (1871+)


woodshed

verb

To rehearse; practice one's part, role, etc, esp to do so alone and rigorously: Bix did plenty of woodshedding, playing alone/ I just learned a new technique and I've got to shed on it

[1930s+ Jazz musicians; fr the woodshed as the traditional place where one could be alone to work, think, smoke, etc]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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