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shed

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[ shed ]
/ ʃɛd /
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noun
a simple or rude structure built for shelter, storage, etc.
a large, strongly built structure, often open at the sides or end.
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Origin of shed

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First recorded in 1475–85; variant of shade

OTHER WORDS FROM shed

shedlike, adjective

Other definitions for shed (2 of 3)

shed2
[ shed ]
/ ʃɛd /

verb (used with object), shed, shed·ding.
verb (used without object), shed, shed·ding.
noun
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.

Origin of shed

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First recorded before 950; Middle English verb shed(d)en, shed, Old English scēadan, scādan; cognate with German scheiden “to separate, divide”

OTHER WORDS FROM shed

shed·a·ble, shed·da·ble, adjectivenon·shed·ding, adjectiveun·shed·ding, adjective

Other definitions for shed (3 of 3)

she'd
[ sheed ]
/ ʃid /

contraction of she had.
contraction of she would.

usage note for she'd

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British Dictionary definitions for shed (1 of 5)

shed1
/ (ʃɛd) /

noun
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
verb sheds, shedding or shedded
(tr) NZ to store (hay or wool) in a shed

Derived forms of shed

shedlike, adjective

Word Origin for shed

Old English sced; probably variant of scead shelter, shade

British Dictionary definitions for shed (2 of 5)

shed2
/ (ʃɛd) /

verb sheds, shedding or shed (mainly tr)
noun

Derived forms of shed

shedable or sheddable, adjective

Word Origin for shed

Old English sceadan; related to Gothic skaidan, Old High German skeidan to separate; see sheath

British Dictionary definitions for shed (3 of 5)

shed3
/ (ʃɛd) /

verb sheds, shedding or shed
(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
noun
(of a dog) the action of separating farm animals

Derived forms of shed

shedding, noun

Word Origin for shed

from shed ²

British Dictionary definitions for shed (4 of 5)

shed4
/ (ʃɛd) /

noun
physics a former unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10 –52 square metre

Word Origin for shed

C20: from shed 1; so called by comparison to barn ² because of its smaller size

British Dictionary definitions for shed (5 of 5)

she'd
/ (ʃiːd) /

contraction of
she had or she would
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