Definitions

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

  • n. A long irregular strip that is cut or torn off.
  • n. A small amount; a particle: not a shred of evidence.
  • transitive v. To cut or tear into shreds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
  • n. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.
  • v. To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips.
  • v. To lop; to prune; to trim.
  • v. To ride aggressively.
  • v. To drop fat and water weight before a competition.
  • v. To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
  • n. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle.
  • transitive v. To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of cloth or leather.
  • transitive v. To lop; to prune; to trim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut or tear into small pieces; also, to cut or tear pieces from.
  • To tear into pieces, either small and irregular, or long in proportion to their width; tear into ragged bits, scraps, or strips: as, to shred old linen.
  • To prune; lop; trim, as a pole or a hedge.
  • n. A bit, scrap, fragment, rag, or strip made by cutting or tearing up something: used specifically of cloth or list for nailing up plants.
  • n. Figuratively, a bit; a particle; also, something that is like a scrap or fragment in being worn or valueless, or in having a forlorn appearance.

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

  • n. a small piece of cloth or paper
  • v. tear into shreds
  • n. a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

Etymologies

Middle English shrede, from Old English scrēade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English screade (from which also screed), cognate with German Schrot ("small shot") and Old Norse skrydda ("shrivelled skin"). (Wiktionary)

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  • We would do this to old medical records.

    July 26, 2012