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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shred, scintilla, whit, iota, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidgenoun

    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

  2. rag, shred, tag, tag end, tatterverb

    a small piece of cloth or paper

  3. shred, tear up, rip upverb

    tear into shreds


  1. shrednoun

    A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.

  2. shrednoun

    In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.

    There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims.

  3. shredverb

    To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips.

  4. shredverb

    To ride aggressively.

  5. shredverb

    To drop fat and water weight before a competition.

  6. shredverb

    To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shrednoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Gold, grown somewhat churlish by recovering, is made more pliant by throwing in shreds of tanned leather. Francis Bacon.

    The mighty Tyrian queen, that gain’d
    With subtle shreds a tract of land,
    Did leave it with a castle fair
    To his great ancestor. Hudibras.

    His panegyrick is made up of half a dozen shreds, like a schoolboy’s theme, beaten general topicks. Jonathan Swift.

    A beggar might patch up a garment with such shreds as the world throws away. Alexander Pope.

    They said they were an hungry; sigh’d forth proverbs,
    That hunger broke stone walls; that dogs must eat:
    And with these shreds they vented their complainings. William Shakespeare.

    Shreds of wit and senseless rhimes
    Blunder’d out a thousand times. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Shredverb

    pret. shred. To cut into small pieces. Commonly used of cloath or herbs.

    Etymology: screadan , Saxon.

    It hath a number of short cuts or shreddings, which may be better called wishes than prayers. Richard Hooker.

    One gathered wild gourds, and shred them. 2 Kings iv. 39.

    Where did you whet your knife to-night, he cries,
    And shred the leeks that in your stomach rise? John Dryden, Juv.


  1. shred

    To shred means to cut or tear something, especially paper, into small, thin, and narrow strips or pieces. It can also refer to the operation of a machine (a shredder) designed to cut documents or other materials into such pieces, frequently for disposal or recycling. In a figurative sense, it can also mean to destroy or obliterate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrednoun

    a long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip

  2. Shrednoun

    in general, a fragment; a piece; a particle

  3. Shred

    of Shred

  4. Shrednoun

    to cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of cloth or leather

  5. Shrednoun

    to lop; to prune; to trim

  6. Etymology: [OE. shreden, schreden, AS. scredian; akin to OD. schrooden, OHG. scrtan, G. schroten. See Shred, n.]


  1. SHRED

    Spam Harassment Reduction via Economic Disincentives is a proposed sender-at-risk E-mail stamp mechanism for reducing the E-mail spamming problem by indirectly increasing the cost of E-mail sending to the senders of unwanted E-mail. It aims to avoid the defects in earlier sender-at-risk mechanisms. The main aim of SHRED is to provide economic incentives for legitimate ISPs to clean up the botnet problem within their networks, by making it cheaper to do so than to continue to pay excess postage charges for delivered spam messages, whilst not requiring SHRED to be mandated or universally adopted to be effective, or for SMTP to be re-engineered. SHRED differs from other E-mail postage stamp systems in that SHRED stamps only represent a potential financial liability to the E-mail sender, rather than an unconditional cost, and only incur a replacement cost if cancelled by an E-mail recipient who considers an E-mail to be unwanted. SHRED is thus effectively an electronic reputation system, where reputation -- in the form of being able to affix stamps to E-mail -- is lost through complaints, and has to be bought back with money, thus imposing a financial cost on the loss of reputation. The presence or absence of a stamp then can be used by E-mail receivers, together with other sources of information such as blacklists, whitelists, and content analysis, to make judgments as to whether E-mail should be relayed or delivered.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shred

    shred, n. a long, narrow piece cut or torn off: a strip, fragment, particle.—v.t. to cut or tear into shreds.—n. Shred′ding, the act of cutting into shreds: a shred.—adjs. Shred′dy, consisting of shreds, ragged; Shred′less.—n. Shred′-pie, mince-pie. [A.S. screáde; Ger. schrot, Scot. screed.]

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  1. herds

  2. sherd

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shred in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shred in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shred in a Sentence

  1. Kelley Koch:

    We don’t want two strong candidates to shred each other and duke it out in the boxing ring and see the best man standing, hopefully grace, dignity, poise, smarts, calculation – because in the end we’re all wanting to support the nominee.

  2. Ray Mabus:

    It's a bigoted policy. It has not one shred of evidence behind it, in fact, all the evidence goes the other way. It goes against the basic American notion that it should be about what you can do and not who you are. ... To do this to patriots who are willing to serve -- not only willing, but eager to serve, who have raised their hands and said send me -- weakens our democracy and seriously weakens our military.

  3. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    There's not evidence, not a shred of evidence, that the meta-data program has violated anybody's civil liberties.

  4. Talib Alhinai:

    There's a realization, an awakening, among my generation that the age of oil can't last forever and that we need to pick up the pace to give back to our societies, especially through innovation and technology, to shred this stereotype about us being idle.

  5. David Lidington:

    I think (she) is doing a fantastic job, one thing that working closely with the prime minister does is cure you completely of any lingering shred of ambition to want to do that task.

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  • trocejar, tallar, triturar, trinxarCatalan, Valencian
  • trhat, kus, cár, útržekCzech
  • zerfetzen, zerkleinernGerman
  • κομματιάζωGreek
  • trocearSpanish
  • repiä, kaistale, palanen, suikaloida, tiputtaa, silputa, kappale, tiluttaa, suikaleFinnish
  • fondre, déchirer, lacérer, déchiqueter, lambeau, dilacérerFrench
  • verscheuren, versnipperenDutch
  • kawałek, drzeć, podrzeć, strzępPolish
  • Destruir, trincharPortuguese
  • измельчать, кромсать, кусок, клочок, лоскутRussian

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