from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to pour forth: shed tears.
  • transitive v. To diffuse or radiate; send forth or impart: shed light.
  • transitive v. To repel without allowing penetration: A duck's feathers shed water.
  • transitive v. To lose by natural process: a snake shedding its skin.
  • transitive v. To rid oneself of (something not wanted or needed): I shed 25 pounds as a result of my new diet.
  • intransitive v. To lose a natural growth or covering by natural process.
  • intransitive v. To pour forth, fall off, or drop out: All the leaves have shed.
  • n. Something that sheds, especially an elevation in the earth's surface from which water flows in two directions; a watershed.
  • n. Something that has been shed.
  • idiom shed blood To take life, especially with violence; kill.
  • n. A small structure, either freestanding or attached to a larger structure, serving for storage or shelter.
  • n. A large low structure often open on all sides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven.
  • n. A distinction or dividing-line.
  • n. A parting in the hair.
  • n. An area of land as distinguished from those around it.
  • n. A small, typically wooden or corrugated metal, construction to store tools, bicycles, etc.
  • n. An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality.
  • v. To part or divide.
  • v. To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of.
  • v. To pour; to make flow.
  • v. To allow to flow or fall.
  • v. To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
  • v. To pour forth, give off, impart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure often open in front; an outbuilding; a hut.
  • n. A covered structure for housing aircraft; a hangar.
  • n. A parting; a separation; a division.
  • n. The act of shedding or spilling; -- used only in composition, as in bloodshed.
  • n. That which parts, divides, or sheds; -- used in composition, as in watershed.
  • n. The passageway between the threads of the warp through which the shuttle is thrown, having a sloping top and bottom made by raising and lowering the alternate threads.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops; to pour.
  • intransitive v. To let fall the parts, as seeds or fruit; to throw off a covering or envelope.
  • transitive v. To separate; to divide.
  • transitive v. To part with; to throw off or give forth from one's self; to emit; to diffuse; to cause to emanate or flow; to pour forth or out; to spill.
  • transitive v. To let fall; to throw off, as a natural covering of hair, feathers, shell; to cast.
  • transitive v. To cause to flow off without penetrating.
  • transitive v. To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
  • transitive v. To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To part; separate; divide: as, to shed the hair.
  • To throw off.
  • To molt, cast, or exuviate, as a quadruped its hair, a bird its feathers, a crab its shell, a snake its skin, or a deer its antlers.
  • To throw or cause to flow off without penetrating, as a roof or covering of oil-cloth, or the like.
  • To scatter about or abroad; disperse; diffuse: as, to shed light on a subject.
  • To sprinkle; intersperse.
  • To let or cause to flow out; let fall; pour out; spill: used especially in regard to blood and tears: as, to shed blood; to shed tears of joy.
  • To cast, part with, or let fall a covering, vestment, envelop, or seed; molt; lose, cast, throw off, or exuviate a covering: as, the bird sheds in August; the crab sheds in June.
  • To be let fall; pour or be poured; be spilled.
  • To fall prematurely, as the young bolls of cotton-plants do when affected by certain functional disorders. The disease is known as shedding.
  • To place in a shed; protect by means of a shed.
  • n. A division or parting: as, the shed of the hair (obsolete or provincial); a water-shed.
  • n. In weaving, a parting or opening between sets of warp-threads in a loom, made by the action of the heddles, or by the Jacquard attachment, for the passage of the shuttle and the weft-thread.
  • n. The slope of land or of a hill: as, which way is the shed?
  • n. The parting of the hair; hence, the top of the head; temples.
  • n. A slight or temporary shelter; a penthouse or lean-to; hence, an outhouse; a hut or mean dwelling: as, a snow-shed; a wood-shed.
  • n. A large open structure for the temporary storage of goods, vehicles, etc.: as, a shed on a wharf; a railway-shed; an engine-shed.
  • n. A sheet.
  • n. The smolt, or young salmon of the first year.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
  • adj. shed at an early stage of development
  • n. an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage
  • v. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
  • v. get rid of
  • v. pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English sheden, to separate, shed, from Old English scēadan, to divide; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
Alteration of Middle English shadde, perhaps variant of shade, shade; see shade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sheden, scheden, schoden, from Old English scēadan, scādan ("to separate, divide, part, make a line of separation between; remove from association or companionship; distinguish, discriminate, decide, determine, appoint; shatter, shed; expound; decree; write down; differ"), from Proto-Germanic *skaiþanan (cf. West Frisian skiede, Dutch/German scheiden), from Proto-Indo-European *skēi-t-, zero grade of *skeh₁i-d 'to cut' (cf. Welsh chwydu 'to break open', Lithuanian skíesti 'to separate', Old Church Slavonic чѣдити (čĕditi) 'to filter, strain', Ancient Greek σχίζω ("to split"), Old Armenian ցտեմ (cʿtem, "to scratch"), Sanskrit च्यति (chyáti) 'he cuts off'). Related to shoad; shit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English scēad, from Germanic. Cognate with German Scheitel ‘hair parting’.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Variant of shade.



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  • (n): a revered place at Kingsholm in Gloucester, England where "shed-heads" congregate en-masse and create great passion and noise as they watch their gladitorial heroes slay the evil foe under the guise of a rugby union match.

    June 7, 2008