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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not one shred of humanitarian concern for anyone under any circumstances. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Trump is no environmentalist; Adding to the suffering; Caldara is off track (9/6/19)," 6 Sep. 2019 There's a poignant romantic shimmer, too, in a prom-night sequence — a veil of hopeful light that will soon be in shreds. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Waves': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 But in the current climate, any shred of reason, the merest hint of ethical behavior, glows like the torch of the Statue of Liberty. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Senator John McCain Is Dead at Age 81," 26 Aug. 2018 These plastic shreds, or chips, were rinsed after being separated and were sometimes loaded wet onto Wiley Sanders trucks for transport. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama trucking company to pay $3 million over lead leaks in California," 29 Aug. 2019 New verbs entered the surf lexicon: shred, tear, lacerate. Jamie Brisick, The New Yorker, "Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera," 26 Aug. 2019 There isn't a single shred of evidence to indicate that the founding fathers had any inkling towards restricting or limiting these weapons to anyone, so your bizarre, unfounded fantasy of their intent is nonsensical. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Letter: Why is ‘well-regulated militia’ almost universally overlooked?," 7 Aug. 2019 Conservatives may be preparing to fundamentally change how this country elects its lawmakers without a shred of public discussion or debate about it, at least until such conversations occur. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Quiet Attack on Redistricting," 19 Aug. 2019 Without spoiling too much, there are developments this season involving Bledel’s Emily and O. T. Fagbenle’s Luke that left me in emotional shreds, enabled by both actors doing astonishing work. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Paul Brown Stadium had acres of empty seats at kickoff, and the Bengals (now 0-2) justified their fans’ lack of faith by getting shredded. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers, Garoppolo, and Shanahan enjoy a dreamy day in Cincy," 15 Sep. 2019 This is Another Place’s take on an Italian sub of sorts, with salami and ham layered with provolone cheese, thinly sliced onion and crunchy shredded lettuce. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This 50-year-old lunch spot is the best place to grab a sandwich in downtown Louisville," 7 Aug. 2019 Just make sure to shave or shred them for a bowl of perfect, saucy bites. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Salad Ramen Is the Only Dinner We Want When the Temp Gets Above 80 Degrees," 12 July 2019 That was the day Trump convened a meeting with national media figures at Trump Tower in New York to shred them for coverage of his campaign. And, azcentral, "Stephanie Grisham's unlikely path from Arizona politics to White House press secretary," 26 June 2019 Load up the snacks and point those tires west because shredding season is upon us. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Some artists have even removed the cloth from its supporting lumber and folded, piled, or shredded it. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 What do document shredding and saving lives have in common? Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach expos encourage going ‘green’ and being disaster-ready," 7 Sep. 2019 Winds ravaged the area, shredding buildings and snapping trees like twigs. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Hurricane Dorian Batters the Bahamas Before Barreling Along the U.S. Coast," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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More Definitions for shred

shred

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, thin piece cut or torn off of something
: a completely ruined condition
: a very small amount of something

shred

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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