Definitions for shedʃɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a slight or rude structure built for shelter, storage, etc.

  2. a large, strongly built structure, often open at the sides or end.

Origin of shed:

1475–85; appar. var., orig. dial., of shade


shedʃɛd(v.; n.)shed, shed•ding

  1. (v.t.)to pour forth; let fall:

    to shed tears.

  2. to give or send forth (light, influence, etc.).

  3. to resist being penetrated or affected by:

    cloth that sheds water.

  4. to cast off or lose (leaves, skin, etc.) by natural process.

  5. Textiles. to separate (the warp) in forming a shed.

    Category: Textiles

  6. (v.i.)to fall off, as leaves.

  7. to drop out, as hair or grain.

  8. to cast off hair, skin, or other covering or parts by natural process.

  9. (n.)Textiles. (on a loom) a triangular, transverse opening created between raised and lowered warp threads through which the shuttle passes in depositing the loose pick.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of shed:

bef. 950; (v.), OE scēadan, var. of sceādan, c. OFris skētha, OHG sceidan, Go skaidan to separate




  1. contraction of

    she had.

  2. contraction of

    she would.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shed(adj)

    an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage

  2. caducous, shed(verb)

    shed at an early stage of development

    "most amphibians have caducous gills"; "the caducous calyx of a poppy"

  3. shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop(verb)

    get rid of

    "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"

  4. spill, shed, pour forth(verb)

    pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities

    "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee"

  5. spill, shed, disgorge(verb)

    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

    "spill the beans all over the table"

  6. shed, molt, exuviate, moult, slough(verb)

    cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

    "our dog sheds every Spring"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shed(verb)ʃɛd

    (of an animal) to lose its skin or hair

    as the snake sheds its skin; The dog is constantly shedding.

  2. shedʃɛd

    to make easier to understand

    The interview sheds new light on the reasons for the changes.

  3. shedʃɛd

    to cause people to die or be injured

    Too much blood has been shed.

  4. shedʃɛd

    to cry or be sad

    I won't shed any tears if she leaves.

  5. shed(noun)ʃɛd

    a small building for storing tools or equipment

    The lawnmower is in the tool shed.


  1. shed(Contraction)

    She had.

  2. shed(Contraction)

    She would.

  3. Origin: Variant of shade.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shed(noun)

    a slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut; as, a wagon shed; a wood shed

  2. Shed

    of Shed

  3. Shed(verb)

    to separate; to divide

  4. Shed(verb)

    to part with; to throw off or give forth from one's self; to emit; to diffuse; to cause to emanate or flow; to pour forth or out; to spill; as, the sun sheds light; she shed tears; the clouds shed rain

  5. Shed(verb)

    to let fall; to throw off, as a natural covering of hair, feathers, shell; to cast; as, fowls shed their feathers; serpents shed their skins; trees shed leaves

  6. Shed(verb)

    to cause to flow off without penetrating; as, a tight roof, or covering of oiled cloth, sheeds water

  7. Shed(verb)

    to sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover

  8. Shed(verb)

    to divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle

  9. Shed(verb)

    to fall in drops; to pour

  10. Shed(verb)

    to let fall the parts, as seeds or fruit; to throw off a covering or envelope

  11. Shed(noun)

    a parting; a separation; a division

  12. Shed(noun)

    the act of shedding or spilling; -- used only in composition, as in bloodshed

  13. Shed(noun)

    that which parts, divides, or sheds; -- used in composition, as in watershed

  14. Shed(noun)

    the passageway between the threads of the warp through which the shuttle is thrown, having a sloping top and bottom made by raising and lowering the alternate threads


  1. Shed

    A shed is typically a simple, single-storey structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. Sheds vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Sheds used on farms or in industry can be large structures. The main types of shed construction are metal sheathing over a metal frame, plastic sheathing and frame, all-wood construction, and vinyl-sided sheds built over a wooden frame

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shed' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3377

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shed' in Nouns Frequency: #2473

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shed' in Verbs Frequency: #899

Translations for shed

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to send out (light etc)

The torch shed a bright light on the path ahead.

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