- 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 shredded
Woods were shredded, the earth trembled and the ground exploded in showers of stone and red-hot metal splinters.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Then I picked up a book that shredded my facile preconceptions—Hard Stuff: The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
Playing and practicing any sport at an elite level leaves in its wake broken bones, shredded ligaments and neuronal death.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
“My feet were shredded and cut,” Davis told The Daily Beast.I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 19, 2014
Such pairs of black holes are rare, and a star drifting close enough to get shredded is rarer.Black Hole Pair Caught in Feeding Frenzy
Matthew R. Francis
April 27, 2014
Viviette shredded an apple blossom that had fallen into her lap.Viviette
William J. Locke
At Subiaco the streets were strewn, as for a procession, with shredded petals of violets.The Spirit of Rome
As far as the eye could see I beheld only flattened and shredded ruin.The Prairie Mother
When the white meat is dried, it is shredded for pastry and candy.Fil and Filippa
John Stuart Thomson
The leaves may be made into fans, or shredded and woven into mats.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
- 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 shredded
1570s, past participle adjective from shred (v.). Shredded wheat is recorded from 1885.
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.)).