shred (plural shreds)
- A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
- In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.
- There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, 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 3, scene 4]:
- A King of shreds and patches
- See also Thesaurus:modicum.
fragment; piece; particle
- To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
- 1902, William Carew Hazlitt, Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine:
- Take a little grated bread, some beef-suet, yolks of hard eggs, three anchovies, a bit of an onion, salt and pepper, thyme and winter-savoury, twelve oysters, some nutmeg grated; mix all these together, and shred them very fine, and work them up with raw eggs like a paste, ...
- To reduce by a large percentage.
- 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian:
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, never wanted his customers to worry about shipping – about how much it cost, or about how long it would take – and he relentlessly shredded delivery times to make shipping incidental to the purchasing experience.
- (obsolete, transitive) To lop; to prune; to trim.
- (snowboarding) To ride aggressively.
- (bodybuilding) To drop fat and water weight before a competition.
- (music, slang) To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).
to cut or tear into narrow pieces or strips
snowboarding: to ride aggressively
- shred in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- shred in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.