Definitions for: Shred

[n] a small piece of cloth
[n] a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
[v] tear into shreds

Webster (1913) Definition: Shred, n. [OE. shrede, schrede, AS. scre['a]de; akin to
OD. schroode, G. schrot a piece cut off, Icel. skrjo[eth]r a
shred, and to E. shroud. Cf. Screed, Scroll, Scrutiny.]
1. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip. ``Shreds of
tanned leather.'' --Bacon.

2. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle. --Shak.

Shred, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shred or Shredded; p. pr.
& vb. n. Shredding.] [OE. shreden, schreden, AS.
scre['a]dian; akin to OD. schrooden, OHG. scr?tan, G.
schroten. See Shred, n.]
1. To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and
long pieces, as of cloth or leather. --Chaucer.

2. To lop; to prune; to trim. [Obs.]

Synonyms: iota, rag, rip up, scintilla, smidge, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, tag, tag end, tatter, tear up, tittle, whit

See Also: bust, piece of cloth, piece of material, pine-tar rag, rupture, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, snap, tear, tease

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