verb (used with object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.
verb (used without object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.
- shredded wheat,
Origin of shred
Examples from the Web for shred
Online diagnoses are delivered hyperbolically and without a shred of bedside manner.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return|Kevin Zawacki|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chris McDaniel is now saying the “election was stolen” without providing a shred of evidence.
As the sentences were read out, any shred of optimism evaporated.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists|Jesse Rosenfeld|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The massacre has been transformed, without a shred of proof or evidence, into a shady skirmish in a murky secret war.
In 2011, without a shred of proof, he alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had “infiltrated every level of our government.”
One hinge was torn loose and the other held only by a shred of metal.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
Karaki doled it out by moistening a shred of coconut husk and giving Pellett the shred to suck.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Dan's shred of Latin had grown rustier than the oldest iron in his stock, but was not yet utterly worn away.Strangers at Lisconnel|Barlow Jane
For on the inside of the lacquer he found a shred of reddish wood fibre.The Case of The Pool of Blood in the Pastor's Study|Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner
A hunter was reaching to snatch a shred of half-cooked meat when a woman of the tribe gave a scream that was shrill with fear.Astounding Stories, May, 1931|Various
verb shreds, shredding, shredded or shred
Word Origin 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.)).
Old English screadian "to peel, prune, cut off," from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Middle Dutch scroden, Dutch schroeien, Old High German scrotan, German schroten "to shred"), from root of shred (n.). Meaning "cut or tear into shreds" is from 1610s. Related: Shredded; shredding.