What does shed mean?

Definitions for shedʃɛd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shed.

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"


  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

  15. Origin: [The same word as shade. See Shade.]


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shed

    shed, v.t. to part, separate: to scatter, cast off: to throw out: to pour: to spill.—v.i. to let fall, cast:—pr.p. shed′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. shed.—n. a division, parting, as of the hair, and in watershed.—ns. Shed′der; Shed′ding. [A.S. sceádan, to separate; Ger. scheiden.]

  2. Shed

    shed, n. a slight erection, usually of wood, for shade or shelter: an outhouse: a large temporary open structure for reception of goods. [Shade.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shed in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Natalie Clifford Barney:

    Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

  2. Gerald Roark:

    We talked about it and it’s more [ money ] than we can shed.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

  4. Edward Lyman:

    The second one, we weren't sure because the line didn't shed away.

  5. Peter Hoell:

    If anyone can shed a little light on this mystery, I would appreciate it.

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