1 [shed]
a slight or rude structure built for shelter, storage, etc.
a large, strongly built structure, often open at the sides or end.

1475–85; variant of shade

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shed1 (ʃɛd)
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
vb , sheds, shedding, shedded
6.  (NZ) (tr) to store (hay or wool) in a shed
[Old English sced; probably variant of scead shelter, shade]

shed2 (ʃɛd)
vb , 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 intr) (in weaving) to form an opening between (the warp threads) in order to permit the passage of the shuttle
8.  dialect (tr) to make a parting in (the hair)
9.  (in weaving) the space made by shedding
10.  short for watershed
11.  chiefly (Scot) a parting in the hair
[Old English sceadan; related to Gothic skaidan, Old High German skeidan to separate; see sheath]

shed3 (ʃɛd)
vb , sheds, shedding, shed
1.  (tr) 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
2.  (of a dog) the action of separating farm animals
[from shed²]

shed4 (ʃɛd)
physics a former unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10--52 square metre
[C20: from shed1; so called by comparison to barn² because of its smaller size]

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Word Origin & History

"building for storage," 1481, shadde, possibly a variant of shade (q.v.).

"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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