From (etyl) sheden, scheden, schoden, from (etyl) 'he cuts off'). Related to (l); (l).
(transitive, obsolete, UK, dialect) To part or divide.
- A metal comb shed her golden hair.
(ambitransitive) To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of.
- (Robert of Brunne)
- You must shed your fear of the unknown before you can proceed.
- When we found the snake, it was in the process of shedding its skin.
* 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
- White oats are apt to shed most as they lie, and black as they stand.
(archaic) To pour; to make flow.
- She called on all the marathoners to go to Staten Island to help with the clean-up effort and to bring the clothes they would have shed at the start to shelters or other places where displaced people were in need.
To allow to flow or fall.
- Did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood?
- I didn't shed many tears when he left me.
To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
- A tarpaulin sheds water.
(obsolete) To pour forth, give off, impart.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts II:
- Can you shed any light on this problem?
(obsolete) To fall in drops; to pour.
- Sence now that he by the right honde of god exalted is, and hath receaved off the father the promys off the holy goost, he hath sheed forthe that which ye nowe se and heare.
To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
* Ben Jonson
- Such a rain down from the welkin shadde .
(weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
- Her hair is shed with grey.
From (etyl) schede, schode, (m), .
(weaving) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven.
(obsolete) A distinction or dividing-line.
(obsolete) A parting in the hair.
(obsolete) An area of land as distinguished from those around it.
Variant of shade .
A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut.
(British, derogatory, informal) An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality.
(British, rail transportation) A locomotive.
- a wagon shed'''; a wood '''shed'''; a garden '''shed
To cut, originally with a sword or other bladed weapon, now usually with shears, or as if using shears.
* 1819 , Walter Scott, Ivanhoe :
- So trenchant was the Templar’s weapon, that it shore asunder, as it had been a willow twig, the tough and plaited handle of the mace, which the ill-fated Saxon reared to parry the blow, and, descending on his head, levelled him with the earth.
To remove the fleece from a sheep etc by clipping.
(physics) To deform because of shearing forces.
(Scotland) To reap, as grain.
- the golden tresses were shorn away
(figurative) To deprive of property; to fleece.
a cutting tool similar to scissors, but often larger
the act of shearing, or something removed by shearing
- short of the wool, and naked from the shear
(physics) a force that produces a shearing strain
(geology) The response of a rock to deformation usually by compressive stress, resulting in particular textures.
- After the second shearing, he is a two-shear' ram; at the expiration of another year, he is a three-' shear ram; the name always taking its date from the time of shearing.