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: I shred my credit card statement every month.
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.
- shred·less, adjective
- shred·like, adjective
- un·shred·ded, adjective
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How to use shred in a sentence
Those are challenges Gallen understands and presents here without a shred of exoticism or sentimentality.
You can shout it until you’re blue in the face, and as a political matter it won’t make a shred of difference.How Democrats should wage war on coming GOP obstructionism | Paul Waldman | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Minuscule shreds and threads of plastic are turning up all over, including in the snow on Mount Everest.Plastics are showing up in the world’s most remote places, including Mount Everest | Carolyn Wilke | November 20, 2020 | Science News
It’s time to save the lives, and the shreds of American public life, while we still can.Restaurants and the People Who Work in Them Need a Bailout. Let’s Finally Give Them One. | Meghan McCarron | November 19, 2020 | Eater
With such pathetically tiny shreds left of any rare plant’s original genetic diversity, even a single new wildling could improve a species’s chances of coping with our fast-changing world.How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants | Susan Milius | November 5, 2020 | Science News
Woods were shredded, the earth trembled and the ground exploded in showers of stone and red-hot metal splinters.
Then I picked up a book that shredded my facile preconceptions—Hard Stuff: The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young.
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 | Evin Demirel | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such pairs of black holes are rare, and a star drifting close enough to get shredded is rarer.
This source of error may be eliminated by substituting a shredded whole-wheat biscuit for the roll.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Picnic baskets from which the salt has been omitted may be shredded over the surface instead of parsley.
To a few small wooden pegs stuck in the top he made fast some long strings of tow, shredded out to resemble hair.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
He saw the fog drifting in shredded masses against the high buildings, shrouding the towers.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
For five months I lived by myself, and the only cooked food I ate was shredded wheat biscuit.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for shred
a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
a very small piece or amount; scrap
(tr) to tear or cut into shreds
- shredder, noun
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