shed

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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.

Idioms

    shed blood,
    1. to cause blood to flow.
    2. to kill by violence; slaughter.

Origin of shed

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before 950; Middle English s(c)hed(d)en (v.), Old English scēadan, variant of sceādan; cognate with German scheiden to divide
Related formsshed·a·ble, shed·da·ble, adjectivenon·shed·ding, adjectiveun·shed·ding, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shedding (1 of 4)

shed

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/ (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 Formsshedlike, adjective

Word Origin for shed

Old English sced; probably variant of scead shelter, shade

British Dictionary definitions for shedding (2 of 4)

shed

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/ (ʃɛd) /

verb sheds, shedding or shed (mainly tr)


noun

Derived Formsshedable 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 shedding (3 of 4)

shed

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/ (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 Formsshedding, noun

Word Origin for shed

from shed ²

British Dictionary definitions for shedding (4 of 4)

shed

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/ (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
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