- a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.
- a bit; scrap: We haven't got a shred of evidence.
- to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds.
- to be cut up, torn, etc.: The blouse had shredded.
Origin of shred
Examples from the Web for shred
For 381 days, no black person in Montgomery with a shred of self-esteem rode the bus.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Online diagnoses are delivered hyperbolically and without a shred of bedside manner.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return
August 15, 2014
Chris McDaniel is now saying the “election was stolen” without providing a shred of evidence.Chris McDaniel Confirms the Worst GOP Stereotypes
July 8, 2014
As the sentences were read out, any shred of optimism evaporated.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
The massacre has been transformed, without a shred of proof or evidence, into a shady skirmish in a murky secret war.Naming Europe’s New Anti-Semitism
June 10, 2014
You may substitute for the ham, cold smoked tongue, shred or grated.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Grate three quarters of a pound of bread; mix it with the same quantity of shred suet, the same of apples, and also of currants.
Shred half a pound of suet very fine, grate into it half a pound of French roll, a little nutmeg, and the rind of a lemon.
He never knew what importance they laid on every shred of evidence about Jeff.
He wished only to escape, and his wish took every shred of the hero out of him.
- a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
- a very small piece or amount; scrap
- (tr) to tear or cut into shreds
Word Origin and History for shred
Old English screade "piece cut off, cutting, scrap," from West Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Old Frisian skred "a cutting, clipping," Middle Dutch schroode "shred," Middle Low German schrot "piece cut off," Old High German scrot, "scrap, shred, a cutting, piece cut off," German Schrot ""log, block, small shot"," Old Norse skrydda "shriveled skin"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool," extension of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).