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Webster 1913 Edition


Shred

Shred

,
Noun.
[OE.
shrede
,
schrede
, AS.
screáde
; akin to OD.
schroode
, G.
schrot
a piece cut off, Icel.
skrjoðr
a shred, and to E.
shroud
. Cf.
Screed
,
Scroll
,
Scrutiny
.]
1.
A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
Shreds of tanned leather.”
Bacon.
2.
In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle.
Shak.

Shred

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Shred
or
Shredded
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Shredding
.]
[OE.
shreden
,
schreden
, AS.
screádian
; akin to OD.
schrooden
, OHG.
scr[GREEK]tan
, G.
schroten
. See
Shred
,
Noun.
]
1.
To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of cloth or leather.
Chaucer.
2.
To lop; to prune; to trim.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Shred

SHRED

,
Verb.
T.
pret. and pp. shred. To cut into small pieces, particularly marrow and long pieces, as of cloth or lether. It differs from mince, which signifies to chop into pieces fine and short.

SHRED

,
Noun.
1. A long narrow piece cut off; as shreds of cloth.
2. A fragment; a piece; as shreds of wit.

Definition 2022


shred

shred

English

Noun

shred (plural shreds)

  1. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
    • Francis Bacon
      shreds of tanned leather
  2. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.
    There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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  • See also Wikisaurus:modicum.

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Verb

shred (third-person singular simple present shreds, present participle shredding, simple past shredded, past participle shredded or shred)

  1. To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
    • 1902, William Carew Hazlitt, Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine:
      Take a little grated bread, some beef-suet, yolks of hard eggs, three anchovies, a bit of an onion, salt and pepper, thyme and winter-savoury, twelve oysters, some nutmeg grated; mix all these together, and shred them very fine, and work them up with raw eggs like a paste, ...
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To lop; to prune; to trim.
  3. (snowboarding) To ride aggressively.
  4. (bodybuilding) To drop fat and water weight before a competition.
  5. (music, slang) To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).

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References

  1. “Spotlight on... Screed” Take Our Word For It, Issue 1, July 20, 1998

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