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shed 1  (shd)
v. shed, shed·ding, sheds
1. To cause to pour forth: shed tears.
2. To diffuse or radiate; send forth or impart: shed light.
3. To repel without allowing penetration: A ducks feathers shed water.
a. To lose by natural process: a snake shedding its skin.
b. To rid oneself of (something not wanted or needed): I shed 25 pounds as a result of my new diet.
1. To lose a natural growth or covering by natural process.
2. To pour forth, fall off, or drop out: All the leaves have shed.
1. Something that sheds, especially an elevation in the earths surface from which water flows in two directions; a watershed.
2. Something that has been shed.
shed blood
To take life, especially with violence; kill.

[Middle English sheden, to separate, shed, from Old English scadan, to divide; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

shed 2  (shd)
1. A small structure, either freestanding or attached to a larger structure, serving for storage or shelter.
2. A large low structure often open on all sides.

[Alteration of Middle English shadde, perhaps variant of shade, shade; see shade.]

shed  /d/  n. a small building, often used for storage: We keep our gardening tools in a shed behind the house.
v. shed, shedding, sheds 1 [I;T] to lose hair or skin without cutting or pulling, (syn.) to molt: In the spring, animals shed their winter coats.||The snake shed its skin. 2 [I;T] to cause to flow: In times of war, much blood is shed on battlefields.||We shed tears at the funeral. 3 [T] to keep liquid from entering: a waterproof coat that sheds rain 4 [T] to get rid of s.t. unwanted: I have ten more pounds to shed. 5 to shed some light on s.t.: to make s.t. more understandable: This book is very difficult. Could you shed some light on the authors meaning? shed

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