- 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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Examples from the Web for shedding
Watching him now being accused of illegal operations will not see them shedding any tears.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Prince has a habit of shedding protégés almost as quickly as he picks them up.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever
October 1, 2014
And, thanks to a host of women posting photos of themselves with their colostomy bags, the condition is shedding its stigma.The Brave Colostomy Bag Selfies
July 2, 2014
Visitors would be forgiven for shedding a tear as the ceremony comes to a close.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses
May 7, 2014
Could the “Ice Queen” be shedding her “Nuclear Wintour” persona and growing soft with old age?
We were all embracing each other, and shedding tears of joy.
For the mere fact of shedding the flesh does not bring us any nearer to God.The Romance of the Soul
If the shedding is only slight, and the plate is good otherwise, it may be used again.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
D'you say that justifies me in shedding the blood of my boss?The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)
She was so angry that she could not refrain from shedding tears.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
- 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
Word Origin and History for shedding
"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."