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Redding

[red-ing] /ˈrɛd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a city in N California.

redd1

[red] /rɛd/
verb (used with object), redd or redded, redding. Northern and Midland U.S.
1.
to put in order; tidy:
to redd a room for company.
2.
to clear:
to redd the way.
Also, red.
Origin
900
before 900; apparently conflation of 2 words: Middle English (Scots) reden to clear, clean up (a space, land), Old English gerǣdan to put in order (cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German rêden, reiden; akin to ready); and Middle English (Scots) redden to rid, free, clear, Old English hreddan to save, deliver, rescue (cognate with Old Frisian hredda, German retten)

red2

[red] /rɛd/
verb (used with object), red, redding.
1.
redd1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for Redding

Redding

/ˈrɛdɪŋ/
noun
1.
Otis. 1941–67, US soul singer and songwriter. His recordings include "Respect" (1965), Dictionary of Soul (1966), and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" (1968)

red1

/rɛd/
noun
1.
any of a group of colours, such as that of a ripe tomato or fresh blood, that lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to orange, and are perceived by the eye when light in the approximate wavelength range 740–620 nanometres falls on the retina. Red is the complementary colour of cyan and forms a set of primary colours with blue and green related adjectives rubicund ruddy
2.
a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
3.
red cloth or clothing: dressed in red
4.
a red ball in snooker, billiards, etc
5.
(in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being black
6.
(archery) Also called inner. a red ring on a target, between the blue and the gold, scoring seven points
7.
(informal) in the red, in debit; owing money
8.
(informal) see red, to become very angry
adjective redder, reddest
9.
of the colour red
10.
reddish in colour or having parts or marks that are reddish: red hair, red deer
11.
having the face temporarily suffused with blood, being a sign of anger, shame, etc
12.
(of the complexion) rosy; florid
13.
(of the eyes) bloodshot
14.
(of the hands) stained with blood, as after committing murder
15.
bloody or violent: red revolution
16.
(of wine) made from black grapes and coloured by their skins
17.
denoting the highest degree of urgency in an emergency; used by the police and the army and informally (esp in the phrase red alert)
18.
(US) relating to, supporting, or representing the Republican Party Compare blue (sense 24)
verb reds, redding, redded
19.
another word for redden
Derived Forms
redly, adverb
redness, noun
Word Origin
Old English rēad; compare Old High German rōt, Gothic rauths, Latin ruber, Greek eruthros, Sanskrit rohita

red2

/rɛd/
verb reds, redding, red, redded
1.
(transitive) a variant spelling of redd1

Red

/rɛd/
adjective
1.
Communist, Socialist, or Soviet
2.
radical, leftist, or revolutionary
noun
3.
a member or supporter of a Communist or Socialist Party or a national of a state having such a government, esp the former Soviet Union
4.
a radical, leftist, or revolutionary
Word Origin
C19: from the colour chosen to symbolize revolutionary socialism

redd1

/rɛd/
verb redds, redding, redd, redded
1.
(transitive) often foll by up. to bring order to; tidy (up)
noun
2.
the act or an instance of redding
Derived Forms
redder, noun
Word Origin
C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid

redd2

/rɛd/
noun
1.
a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish
Word Origin
C17 (originally: spawn): of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for Redding

redd

v.

early 15c., "to clear" (a space, etc.), from Old English hreddan "to save, free from, deliver, recover, rescue," from Proto-Germanic *hradjan. Sense evolution tended to merge with unrelated rid. Also possibly influenced by Old English rædan "to arrange," related to Old English geræde, source of ready (adj.).

A dialect word in Scotland and northern England, where it has had senses of "to fix" (boundaries), "to comb" (hair), "to separate" (combatants), "to settle" (a quarrel). The exception to the limited use is the meaning "to put in order, to make neat or trim" (1718), especially in redd up, which is in general use in England and the U.S. Use of the same phrase, in the same sense, in Pennsylvania Dutch may be from cognate Low German and Dutch redden, obviously connected historically to the English word, "but the origin and relationship of the forms is not clear" [OED].

red

adj.

Old English read "red," from Proto-Germanic *rauthaz (cf. Old Norse rauðr, Danish rød, Old Saxon rod, Old Frisian rad, Middle Dutch root, Dutch rood, German rot, Gothic rauþs). As a noun from mid-13c.

The Germanic words are from PIE root *reudh- "red, ruddy" (cf. Latin ruber, also dialectal rufus "light red," mostly of hair; Greek erythros; Sanskrit rudhira-; Avestan raoidita-; Old Church Slavonic rudru, Polish rumiany, Russian rumjanyj "flushed, red," of complexions, etc.; Lithuanian raudas; Old Irish ruad, Welsh rhudd, Breton ruz "red"). The only color for which a definite common PIE root word has been found. The initial -e- in the Greek word is because Greek tends to avoid beginning words with -r-.

Along with dead, bread (n.), lead (n.1), the vowel shortened in Middle English. The surname Read/Reid retains the original Old English long vowel pronunciation and is the corresponding surname to Brown-, Black, White.

The color designation of Native Americans in English from 1580s. The color as characteristic of "British possessions" on a map is attested from 1885. Red-white-and-blue in reference to American patriotism, from the colors of the flag, is from 1840; in a British context, in reference to the Union flag, 1852. The red flag was used as a symbol of defiance in battle on land or sea from c.1600. To see red "get angry" is an American English expression first recorded 1898. Red rover, the children's game, attested from 1891. Red light as a sign to stop is from 1849, long before traffic signals. As the sign of a brothel, it is attested from 1899. As a children's game (in reference to the traffic light meaning) it is recorded from 1953.

Red-letter day (late 14c.) was originally a saint's day, marked on church calendars in red letters. Red ball signifying "express" in railroad jargon is 1904, originally (1899) a system of moving and tracking freight cars. Red dog, type of U.S. football pass rush, is recorded from 1959. Red meat is from 1808. Red shift in spectography is first recorded 1923. Red carpet "sumptuous welcome" is from 1934, but the custom for dignitaries is described as far back as Aeschylus ("Agamemnon"); it also was the name of a type of English moth.

"Bolshevik," 1917, from red (adj.1), the color they adopted for themselves. Association in Europe of red with revolutionary politics (on notion of blood and violence) is from at least 1297, but got a boost 1793 with adoption of the red Phrygian cap (French bonnet rouge) as symbol of the French Revolution. First specific political reference in English was 1848 (adj.), in news reports of the Second French Republic (a.k.a. Red Republic). Red China is from 1934. The noun meaning "radical, communist" is from 1851.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Redding

red

adjective

Intoxicated with narcotics, esp with marijuana; high (1990s+ Narcotics)

noun

Chili con carne: places to consider when I need a bowl of red (1990s+)

Related Terms

in the red, mexican red, paint the town red, see red


Red

n,n phr

Seconal2, a barbiturate capsule: dropping Reds and busting heads (1960s+ Narcotics)


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Encyclopedia Article for Redding

city, seat (1888) of Shasta county, northern California, U.S. It lies in the northern Sacramento Valley. Founded (1872) on land called Poverty Flat by the California and Oregon Railroad, the city was named for B.B. Redding, a railroad land agent, and developed as a shipping point for minerals and agricultural produce. After World War II lumbering and tourism became the economic mainstays. As headquarters of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, it became a service centre for an extensive recreational area around Shasta-Whiskeytown-Trinity lakes and dams, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, and Lassen Volcanic National Park; Shasta Dam (built 1938-45) is the country's second-largest and second-tallest concrete dam. The Redding Museum of Art and History features ethnographic, historical, and fine arts exhibitions. Redding is the seat of a community college (1948) that has several branches. The old mining ghost town of Shasta, preserved within Shasta State Historic Park, is 6 miles (10 km) west. Lake Shasta Caverns are 10 miles (16 km) north of Shasta Dam. Inc. 1887. Pop. (1990) city, 66,462; Redding MSA, 147,036; (2000) city, 80,865; Redding MSA, 163,256.

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