Shred meaning

shrĕd
The definition of a shred is a small amount of something, or is a bit of broken-off or torn off paper or other material.

If you are horribly embarrassed about something that happens and you feel as if you only have a tiny little bit of dignity left, this is an example of when you have only a shred of dignity.

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To shred is to tear or cut something up into small pieces.

When you are nervous and you rip a paper napkin up into little pieces, this is an example of when you shred your napkin.

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A long irregular strip that is cut or torn off.
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A small amount; a particle.

Not a shred of evidence.

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To make a series of quick turns on a wave or snow, for example, when riding a board such as a surfboard or snowboard.
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To play fast solos accompanied by special techniques on the electric guitar.
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A long, narrow strip or piece made by cutting or tearing.
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A very small piece or amount; fragment; particle.

Not a shred of evidence.

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To cut or tear into shreds.
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A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
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In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.

There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims.

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To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips.

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(snowboarding) To ride aggressively.
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(bodybuilding) To drop fat and water weight before a competition.
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(music) To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).
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Origin of shred

  • Middle English shrede from Old English scrēade
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English screade (from which also screed), cognate with German Schrot (“small shot") and Old Norse skrydda (“shrivelled skin"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreu (“cutting tool"), extended form of *(s)ker- (“to cut").
    From Wiktionary