shred

noun
\ ˈshred How to pronounce shred (audio) , especially Southern ˈsred \

Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long narrow strip cut or torn off
b shreds plural : a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition a reputation torn to shreds
2 : particle, scrap not a shred of evidence

shred

verb
shredded; shredding

Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut or tear into shreds shredded the documents
2 : demolish sense 2 sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses— Charles Krauthammer
3 archaic : to cut off

intransitive verb

: to come apart in or break up into shreds

Other Words from shred

Verb

shredder noun

Examples of shred in a Sentence

Noun The wallpaper is in shreds. His reputation was in shreds after the arrest. He struggled to retain a shred of his dignity. Verb Shred the cabbage and add it to the salad. shredded some cooked chicken for the soup
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What happens when blatant NIMBYism contains a shred of truth? Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 11 Feb. 2022 Sadly, there were empty promises being made about new high-tech products, guarantees of Industry 4.0 integration without a shred of evidence, and lots of selling the sizzle. John Hayes, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 In that context, no one with a shred of human compassion would object to what the Board has done. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 11 Mar. 2022 Some even suggested -- without a shred of evidence -- that Zhu was favored because of the prominence of her father, a renown computer scientist who returned to China from California to joined Peking University. Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 One year later, every shred of evidence that committees and journalists have unearthed has offered only further proof of that truth. Essence, 5 Jan. 2022 Remnants of the Islamic State have been waging a campaign of frequent hit-and-run attacks in Syria and Iraq ever since the group lost its last shred of territory in Syria in March 2019. Arkansas Online, 5 Feb. 2022 There was a shred of hope that came out of Auriemma’s postgame press conference regarding freshman Azzi Fudd, who has been out since December with a foot injury. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Knowing that someone else sees and understands how bad things are brings a shred of peace. Kathryn Ivey, Scientific American, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The answer to this problem is to slow cook the drumsticks until the meat falls off the bone—anywhere from 90 minutes for a jake to up to four and a half hours for a really old tom—then shred it away from those nasty tendons. Hank Shaw, Outside Online, 1 May 2022 Olmsted Township will sponsor a document shred day from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 at its service garage, 7924 Fitch Road. cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Jennifer Batten Subatomic two-hand fretboard tapping and reality-bending shred, talents which have gained her employment with the likes of Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 27 Mar. 2022 Keep scrolling to learn more about the actor who can rap, sing, and shred on guitar — from his notable musical collaborations to the meanings behind his collection of tattoos. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 14 Feb. 2022 The Swiss bank was caught trying to shred the evidence of its loans to Russian oligarchs backed by superyachts and private jets earlier this week. Will Daniel, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 The whole plan was to get everyone together to meet up and be able to shred together, but the pandemic just really prevented that. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2022 If the remaining beef shank is tender enough, shred the meat and add to the pot. Danny Chau, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2022 There are moms that still want to have fun and shred. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shred

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for shred

Noun

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

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“Shred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shred. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shred

shred

noun
\ ˈshred How to pronounce shred (audio) \

Kids Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow piece torn or cut off : strip shreds of cloth
2 : a small amount : bit There is not a shred of evidence.

shred

verb
shredded; shredding

Kids Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or tear into small pieces

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