(third-person singular simple present sheds, present participle shedding, simple past and past participle shed)
- (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.
- (archaic) To pour; to make flow.
- To allow to flow or fall.
- I didn't shed many tears when he left me.
- A tarpaulin sheds water.
- To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
- Can you shed any light on this problem?
- To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
- (weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
From Middle English sheden, scheden, schoden, from Old English scÄ“adan, scÄdan (“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-Germanic *skaiÃ¾anÄ… (cf. West Frisian skiede, Dutch/German scheiden), from Proto-Indo-European *skÄ“i-t-, zero grade of *skehâ‚i-d 'to cut' (cf. Welsh chwydu 'to break open', Lithuanian skÃesti 'to separate', Old Church Slavonic Ñ‡Ñ£Ð´Ð¸Ñ‚Ð¸ (ÄÄ•diti) 'to filter, strain', Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ‡Î¯Î¶Ï‰ (skhizÅ, “to split"), Old Armenian ÖÕ¿Õ¥Õ´ (cÊ¿tem, “to scratch"), Sanskrit à¤šà¥à¤¯à¤¤à¤¿ (chyÃ¡ti) 'he cuts off'). Related to shoad; shit.
Old English scÄ“ad, from Germanic. Cognate with German Scheitel "˜hair parting'.