from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A parting; separation; a branching off, as of two roads or a water-shed; hence, the angle or place where two roads meet.
  • noun A pouring out or spilling; effusion: as, the shedding of blood.
  • noun The act of letting fall, casting off, or parting with something, as a plant its seed when ripe, or a covering husk: as, the shedding of wheat.
  • noun That which is shed, cast off, or exuviated; a cast or exuvium.
  • noun Specifically, of the cotton plant, the dropping of young bolls. Shedding results to some extent from defect of pollination, but often from a deep cultivation at early flowering time, encouraging a growth of ‘weed.’
  • noun A collection of sheds, or sheds collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of shedding, separating, or casting off or out.
  • noun rare That which is shed, or cast off.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of shed.
  • noun The act of shedding, separating, or casting off.
  • noun That which is shed, or cast off.

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

  • noun loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
  • noun the process whereby something is shed


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