a person or thing that shreds.
a machine for destroying secret or private documents by shredding them.
any of various devices used to shred crops, vegetables, wood, metal, etc.

1565–75; shred + -er1 Unabridged
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shred (ʃrɛd)
1.  a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
2.  a very small piece or amount; scrap
vb , shreds, shredding, shredded, shred
3.  (tr) to tear or cut into shreds
[Old English scread; related to Old Norse skrjōthr torn-up book, Old High German scrōt cut-off piece; see scroll, shroud, screed]

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Example sentences
Your file was immediately tossed into the paper shredder along with hundreds of
  other losers.
Whole leaves tend to mat, so chop them with a shredder or lawn mower.
If you want to recycle leaves for compost or mulch, rake them up and run them
  through a shredder.
Only good when someone grapples with an underfed animal or overactive shredder.
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