Shed Shed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shedding}.] [OE. scheden, sch?den, to pour, to part, AS. sc[=a]dan, sce['a]dan, to pert, to separate; akin to OS. sk??an, OFries. sk?tha, G. scheiden, OHG. sceidan, Goth. skaidan, and probably to Lith. sk["e]du I part, separate, L. scindere to cleave, to split, Gr. ???, Skr. chid, and perch. also to L. caedere to cut. [root]159. Cf. {Chisel}, {Concise}, {Schism}, {Sheading}, {Sheath}, {Shide}.] 1. To separate; to divide. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Robert of Brunne. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Twice seven consenting years have shed Their utmost bounty on thy head. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. To cause to flow off without penetrating; as, a tight roof, or covering of oiled cloth, sheeds water. [1913 Webster]

5. To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover. [R.] ``Her hair . . . is shed with gray.'' --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

6. (Weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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