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/ ʃrɛd /
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a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.
a bit; scrap: We haven't got a shred of evidence.
verb (used with object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.
to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds: I shred my credit card statement every month.
verb (used without object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.
to be cut up, torn, etc.: The blouse had shredded in the wash.
Slang. to snowboard, skateboard, surf, or ski in a highly skilled or showily spectacular manner: I bought a new action camera that I can mount to my helmet—stay tuned for rad videos of me shredding when I hit the slopes next weekend.
Slang. to play guitar very quickly with specific picking techniques, as during an electric guitar solo: Fans in the mosh pit go wild when Eddie shreds on lead guitar.
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Origin of shred

First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun shrede, schrede, shredd, Old English scrēade, scrēad “a cutting, a scrap”; cognate with Old Norse skrjōthr “worn-out book,” German Schrot “chips”; Middle English verb schreden “to chop, cut up,” Old English scrēadian “to pare, trim, prune (trees)”; akin to shroud; cf. screed


shred·less, adjectiveshred·like, adjectiveun·shred·ded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shred

/ (ʃrɛd) /

a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
a very small piece or amount; scrap
verb shreds, shredding, shredded or shred
(tr) to tear or cut into shreds

Derived forms of shred

shredder, noun

Word Origin for shred

Old English scread; related to Old Norse skrjōthr torn-up book, Old High German scrōt cut-off piece; see scroll, shroud, screed
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