- furring attached to the undersides of rafters.
Origin of shredding
- 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 shredding
Last month he stepped on a police stun grenade as it blew up, shredding his clothes and fracturing ribs.Kiev’s Protestors Put on Uniforms
March 15, 2014
Unlike a lot of young musicians, you never wanted to be the shredding lead guitarist type.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru
December 13, 2013
Liberals often inject racism, economic inequality, and the shredding of social safety nets as the root.David's Book Club: From Family Collapse to America's Decline
April 11, 2012
Over the next decade and a half, she became increasingly obsessed with shredding her image.Whitney’s Road to Ruin
February 14, 2012
Seconds later, a thousand-pound bomb cooked off, obliterating the firefighters, blowing you back, and shredding your plane.Why My Former Hero Shouldn’t Be President
October 7, 2008
The itching is relieved by an action similar to that of shredding a coconut.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
It may be detected by the finer character (due to shredding) of the grass.Animal Life of the British Isles
The second, the kitchen-maid, is shredding macaroni for to-morrow noon.Stories and Pictures
Isaac Loeb Peretz
The darkness was shredding away so fast that John got a clear view.The Guns of Europe
Joseph A. Altsheler
Shredding this, he found imbedded in the center the bullet which had perforated the body.Smoke Bellew
- 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 shredding
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.)).