Definitions

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  • n. A thin board; a billet of wood; splinter.
  • n. A piece of wood; strip; piece split off; plank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin board; a billet of wood; a splinter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of wood; a strip; a piece split off; a plank.

Etymologies

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From Middle English shide, schide, schyde ("plank, board, beam, splinter, chip"), from Old English scīd ("thin slip of wood, shingle, billet"), from Proto-Germanic *skīdan (“log, tile”), from Proto-Indo-European *skÁit-, *skÁi- (“to cut, divide, separate”). Cognate with North Frisian skeid ("billet of wood"), German Scheit ("log, piece of wood"), Swedish skid ("wooden shoe, sole, skate"), Icelandic skíð ("a billet of wood").

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