shed
I. verb (shed; shedding) Etymology: Middle English, to divide, separate, from Old English scēadan; akin to Old High German skeidan to separate, Latin scindere to split, cleave, Greek schizein to split Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. chiefly dialect to set apart ; segregate 2. to cause to be dispersed without penetrating <
duck's plumage sheds water
>
3. a. to cause (blood) to flow by cutting or wounding b. to pour forth in drops <
shed tears
>
c. to give off or out <
sheds some light on the subject
>
4. to give off, discharge, or expel from the body of a plant or animal: as a. to eject, slough off, or lose as part of the normal processes of life <
a caterpillar shedding its skin
>
<
a cat shedding hair
>
<
a deciduous tree sheds its leaves in the fall
>
b. to discharge usually gradually especially as part of a pathological process <
shed a virus in the feces
>
5. to rid oneself of temporarily or permanently as superfluous or unwanted <
shed her inhibitions
>
<
the company shed 100 jobs
>
intransitive verb 1. to pour out ; spill 2. to become dispersed ; scatter 3. to cast off some natural covering (as fur or skin) <
the cat is shedding
>
Synonyms: see discard II. noun Date: 12th century 1. obsolete distinction, difference 2. something (as the skin of a snake) that is discarded in shedding 3. a divide of land III. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier shadde, probably from Middle English shade shade Date: 1557 1. a. a slight structure built for shelter or storage; especially a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed b. a building that resembles a shed 2. archaic hutshedlike adjective IV. transitive verb (shedded; shedding) Date: 1850 to put or house in a shed

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