- a slight or rude structure built for shelter, storage, etc.
- a large, strongly built structure, often open at the sides or end.
Origin of shed1
- to pour forth (water or other liquid), as a fountain.
- to emit and let fall, as tears.
- to impart or release; give or send forth (light, sound, fragrance, influence, etc.).
- to resist being penetrated or affected by: cloth that sheds water.
- to cast off or let fall (leaves, hair, feathers, skin, shell, etc.) by natural process.
- Textiles. to separate (the warp) in forming a shed.
- to fall off, as leaves.
- to drop out, as hair, seed, grain, etc.
- to cast off hair, feathers, skin, or other covering or parts by natural process.
- 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.
- shed blood,
- to cause blood to flow.
- to kill by violence; slaughter.
Origin of shed2
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- contraction of she had.
- contraction of she would.
Examples from the Web for shed
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
When I first arrived at Duke, hooking up with a stranger seemed like a way to shed my inhibitions.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Both priceless papyri that could shed light on early Christianity and forgeries are openly trafficked online.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
While the bats are infected, they shed large quantities of virus that can infect other animals.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
We see that he has not shed his desire to return to a simpler life.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
No one has seen him shed a tear, of heard him utter a complaint.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The Sabbath of eternity has shed its stillness along the street.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The door of the shed stood open, and outside there was bright sunshine.What Sami Sings with the Birds
I kissed her: And is it for me, my sweet Cousin, that you shed tears?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
No wonder she shuddered at such profanation, and shed her false beard.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- a small building or lean-to of light construction, used for storage, shelter, etc
- a large roofed structure, esp one with open sides, used for storage, repairing locomotives, sheepshearing, etc
- a large retail outlet in the style of a warehouse
- NZ another name for freezing works
- in the shed NZ at work
- (tr) NZ to store (hay or wool) in a shed
- to pour forth or cause to pour forthto shed tears; shed blood
- shed light on, shed light upon, throw light on or throw light upon to clarify or supply additional information about
- to cast off or losethe snake shed its skin; trees shed their leaves
- (of a lorry) to drop (its load) on the road by accident
- to abolish or get rid of (jobs, workers, etc)
- to repelthis coat sheds water
- (also intr) (in weaving) to form an opening between (the warp threads) in order to permit the passage of the shuttle
- (tr) dialect to make a parting in (the hair)
- (in weaving) the space made by shedding
- short for watershed
- mainly Scot a parting in the hair
- (tr) to separate or divide off (some farm animals) from the remainder of a groupa good dog can shed his sheep in a matter of minutes
- (of a dog) the action of separating farm animals
- physics a former unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10 –52 square metre
- she had or she would
Word Origin and History for shed
"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."
"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."