shred
I. noun Etymology: Middle English shrede, from Old English scrēade; akin to Old High German scrōt piece cut off Date: before 12th century 1. a. a long narrow strip cut or torn off b. plural a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition <
a reputation torn to shreds
>
2. particle, scrap <
not a shred of evidence
>
II. verb (shredded; shredding) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. archaic to cut off 2. to cut or tear into shreds <
shredded the documents
>
3. demolish 2 <
sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses — Charles Krauthammer
>
intransitive verb to come apart in or break up into shreds • shredder noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shred — Shred, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shred} or {Shredded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shredding}.] [OE. shreden, schreden, AS. scre[ a]dian; akin to OD. schrooden, OHG. scr?tan, G. schroten. See {Shred}, n.] 1. To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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