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shred

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noun \ˈshred, especially Southern ˈsred\

Simple Definition of shred

  • : a long, thin piece cut or torn off of something

  • shreds : a completely ruined condition

  • : a very small amount of something

Full Definition of shred

  1. 1a :  a long narrow strip cut or torn offb plural :  a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition <a reputation torn to shreds>

  2. 2 :  particle, scrap <not a shred of evidence>

Examples of shred

  1. The wallpaper is in shreds.

  2. His reputation was in shreds after the arrest.

  3. He struggled to retain a shred of his dignity.



Origin of shred

Middle English shrede, from Old English scrēade; akin to Old High German scrōt piece cut off


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with shred


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shred

verb

Simple Definition of shred

  • : to cut or tear (something) into long, thin pieces

Full Definition of shred

shred·dedshred·ding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to cut off

  3. 2 :  to cut or tear into shreds <shredded the documents>

  4. 3 :  demolish 2 <sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses — Charles Krauthammer>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to come apart in or break up into shreds

shred·der noun

Examples of shred

  1. Shred the cabbage and add it to the salad.

  2. <shredded some cooked chicken for the soup>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of shred

before 12th century




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