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[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
950
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.
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Examples for shedding
  • Some animals coordinate their look with the seasons, shedding dark fur or molting dark feathers once the snow flies.
  • Fascinating and hopeful research in shedding light on poor social functioning.
  • Another growing field of biology is shedding further light on the origins of variation.
  • As you accelerate upwards you are shedding weight in the form of fuel so the same thrust gets you more acceleration.
  • High-speed video of hummingbirds shedding water by shak.
  • The newspaper says the trees are confused and they're shedding early this year.
  • So their tails and heat-shedding ears shrunk, and they grew thick coats of oily fur.
  • Let's all work on shedding the stuff that gets in the way of that.
  • Primitive tribes often believed that only by the shedding of blood could the debt incurred by certain crimes be satisfied.
  • There is a big difference between tires and tire tread shedding water and fingertips.
British Dictionary definitions for shedding

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
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Word Origin and History for shedding
shed
"building for storage," 1481, shadde, possibly a variant of shade (q.v.).
shed
"cast off," O.E. sceadan, scadan "to divide, separate," strong verb (pt. scead, pp. sceadan), from P.Gmc. *skaithanan (cf. O.S. skethan, O.Fris. sketha, M.Du. sceiden, Du. scheiden, O.H.G. sceidan, Ger. scheiden, Goth. skaidan), from *skaith "divide, split," probably related to PIE base *skei- "to cut, separate, divide, part, split" (cf. Skt. chid-, Gk. skhizein, L. scindere "to split;" Lith. skedzu "I make thin, separate, divide;" O.Ir. scian "knife;" Welsh chwydu "to break open"). In ref. to animals, "to lose hair, feathers, etc." recorded from 1510.
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Slang definitions & phrases for shedding

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