From Middle English scheden, schede, from Old English scēadan, scādan (“to separate, divide, part, make a line of separation between; remove from association or companionship; distinguish, discriminate, decide, determine, appoint; shatter, shed; expound; decree; write down; differ”), from Proto-West Germanic *skaiþan, from Proto-Germanic *skaiþaną (compare West Frisian skiede, Dutch and German scheiden), from Proto-Indo-European *skeyt- (“to cut, part, divide, separate”), from *skey-.
See also Welsh chwydu (“to break open”), Lithuanian skėsti (“to spread”), skíesti (“to separate”), Old Church Slavonic цѣдити (cěditi, “to filter, strain”), Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, “to split”), Old Armenian ցտեմ (cʿtem, “to scratch”), Sanskrit च्यति (cyáti, “he cuts off”)). Related to shoad, shit.
- (transitive, obsolete, Britain, dialectal) To part, separate or divide.
- To shed something in two.
- To shed the sheep from the lambs.
- A metal comb shed her golden hair.
- We are shed with each other by an enormous distance.
- c. 1380, Geoffrey Chaucer, Boece
- If there be any thing that knitteth himself to the ilk middle point [of a circle], it is constrained into simplicity (that is to say, into unmovablity), and it ceaseth to be shed and to flit diversely.
- 1460–1500, The Poems of Robert Henryson
- The northern wind had shed the misty clouds from the sky;
- 1635, "Sermon on Philippians III, 7, 8", in Select Practical Writings of David Dickson (1845), Volume 1, page 166 Internet Archive
- Lest […] ye shed with God.
- (transitive, intransitive) To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of.
- You must shed your fear of the unknown before you can proceed.
- When we found the snake, it was in the process of shedding its skin.
- 1707, John Mortimer, The whole Art of Husbandry
- White oats are apt to shed most as they lie, and black as they stand.
- 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
- She called on all the marathoners to go to Staten Island to help with the clean-up effort and to bring the clothes they would have shed at the start to shelters or other places where displaced people were in need.
- (transitive, archaic) To pour; to make flow.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood?
- (transitive) To allow to flow or fall.
- I didn't shed many tears when he left me.
- A tarpaulin sheds water.
- (transitive) To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
- Can you shed any light on this problem?
- (obsolete, transitive) To pour forth, give off, impart.
- 1526, [William Tyndale, transl.], The Newe Testamẽt […] (Tyndale Bible), [Worms, Germany: Peter Schöffer], OCLC 762018299, Acts ij]:
- Sence now that he by the right honde of god exalted is, and hath receaved off the father the promys off the holy goost, he hath sheed forthe that which ye nowe se and heare.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To fall in drops; to pour.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Monkes Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- swich a reyn doun fro the welkne shadde
- To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
- (weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
shed (plural sheds)
- (weaving) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven.
- (obsolete) A distinction or dividing-line.
- (obsolete) A parting in the hair.
- (obsolete) The top of the head.
- (obsolete) An area of land as distinguished from those around it.
- (physics) A unit of area equivalent to 10-52 square meters
shed (plural sheds)
- A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut.
- a wagon shed; a wood shed; a garden shed
- A large temporary open structure for reception of goods.
- (Britain, derogatory, informal) An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality.
- (Britain, rail transportation) A British Rail Class 66 locomotive.
- To place or allocate a vehicle, such as a locomotive, in or to a depot or shed.
- 1961 May, Mark B. Warburton, “Yatton and its branches to Clevedon and Wells”, in Trains Illustrated, page 277:
- Three 14XX class 0-4-2Ts were allocated to Bath Road for the Clevedon branch and one was sub-shedded at Yatton for a week at a time, during which period it amassed an aggregate mileage of nearly 1,400 miles.
- (transitive, music) to woodshed
- I sit.