From Middle English shode, schode, from Old English *(ġe)scād, ġescēad (“separation, distinction, discretion, understanding, argument, reason, reckoning, account, statement, accuracy, art, manner, method”), from Proto-Germanic *skaidą (“separation, distinction”), from Proto-Indo-European *skÁit-, *skÁi- (“to cut, divide, separate”). Related to Old English scādan (“to separate, divide, part, make a line of separation between”). More at shed.
shoad (plural shoads)
- Separation; distinction.
- A chasm or ravine.
- A line of parting of the hair of the head; a part (in the hair); the top of the head.
- (mining) Loose fragments (often of metal ore) mixed with earth.
- (mining) To seek for a vein or mineral deposit by following a shode, or tracing them to whence they derived.