Main definitions of shed in English

: shed1shed2

shed1

noun

  • 1A simple roofed structure used for garden storage, to shelter animals, or as a workshop.

    ‘a bicycle shed’
    ‘a garden shed’
    • ‘When sows are brought to the pastures, they move into a variety of farrowing sheds.’
    • ‘Other features include two garden sheds with slated roofs, a tiled pergola, and low voltage ground lighting.’
    • ‘Wet weather at this time of the year results in very moist warm conditions in cattle sheds.’
    • ‘Malton has virtually completed all the work necessary, both in the cattle shed and the sheep shed.’
    • ‘Weekly visits were made to each village and mosquito collections were made in and around the pig enclosures and cattle sheds with the help of mouth aspirators, aided by flash lights at dusk.’
    • ‘The spread of wage labour in mines, factories, ports, and shearing sheds saw the rise of trade unionism during the 1870s.’
    • ‘Some of the articles auctioned included garden sheds, air conditioners, computer accessories, caravans, bookshelves and household items.’
    • ‘Under these, secondary schools will be entitled to £10,000 and primaries to £5,000 to spend on facilities such as bicycle sheds.’
    • ‘Mosquitoes were collected from human dwellings, cattle sheds and outdoors.’
    • ‘At night, all the dogs are taken inside the house, while the cattle have a shed to sleep in.’
    • ‘Farmers emptied their barnyards and built factory-size sheds in the rolling hills.’
    • ‘He also warned that recently lambed ewes and their lambs should not be put in sheds where cattle are nearby due to the risk of transmitting bovine malignant catarrh which can be fatal to cattle.’
    • ‘He found a milk crate in the shed and shoved it over to the side window.’
    • ‘We clipped the backs and tummies of all cattle in the sheds and found it helps keep them cool and there is less scratching.’
    • ‘A combined area of new and existing cattle sheds and silage yards of more than 300 square metres will also require planning permission.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, so many of us cycled to school that the bike sheds filled an entire tennis court.’
    • ‘They are the best days of our lives, or so we are told, a time for learning more about the world, kissing behind the bike sheds and forging lifelong friendships.’
    • ‘With judgment like that, would you trust any of these gentry to put a roof on your garden shed?’
    • ‘However, mostly they decorated backyards or cattle sheds.’
    • ‘It sits in piles by the side of the road, stacked in sods for drying before it is carted off in sacks to hearthsides and fuel sheds all over the region.’
    hut, lean-to, outhouse, outbuilding, shack
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    1. 1.1 A larger structure for storing or maintaining vehicles or other machinery.
      ‘a shed is required for the three engines’
      • ‘Leeds Crown Court heard that the father-of-two, who is accused of 18 attacks on houses, sheds and vehicles in Bradford, was either out for revenge or wanted to play the hero.’
      • ‘The investigating officer said it appeared the fire had started from within one of the vehicles stored in the shed and then quickly spread.’
      • ‘Outside the classroom there's a shed full of heavy machinery used in training.’
      • ‘We're able to pool our infrastructure: machinery, equipment and machinery sheds.’
      • ‘The court heard he went on a fire-starting spree over a five-year period after unsuccessfully applying to join the fire service, targeting houses, sheds and vehicles.’
      • ‘A couple of stone throws away, near the machinery sheds, is the old homestead with its original wood-fired stove.’
      • ‘The whaling canoes are stored in a wooden shed, idle for the past six years.’
      • ‘The only building on the otherwise vacant block is a machinery shed.’
      • ‘The city's first railway station was at Milford in 1847 with engine sheds established at Churchfields in 1901.’
      • ‘He has applied to the council for planning permission for a machinery shed at Church Avenue, Stradbally.’
      • ‘Jess just nodded again and took off down the path in the direction of the machinery shed.’
      • ‘The first powered aircraft was disassembled and stored in a shed behind the brothers' bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio.’
      • ‘Of the vehicles broken into, 28.5% were parked in a garage, shed, driveway or yard.’
      • ‘The signal will now be stored in engine sheds near Grosmont until a team of experts can begin the painstaking task of restoring it to its former glory.’
      • ‘‘This is a quick transformation from a store to a shed,’ said Mr Feeney.’
      • ‘The machinery shed actually got built and even the inside is 95% finished.’
      • ‘The house, which comes complete with an attached garage, is set back from the road in mature gardens with shaped lawns, a paved sun patio, a pond, a lockable store, a shed and a greenhouse.’
      • ‘His machine sheds and other structures dot the province.’
      • ‘From the docks, specialized equipment was stored in sheds or moved directly to designated bases along back roads at night.’
      • ‘This drew us past a shed full of equally ancient, rusting machines, and through the mine entrance.’
    2. 1.2NZ, Australian A building for shearing sheep or milking cattle.
      • ‘The art students, who were here making sculptures, have gone, there is a shearing team in the shearing quarters now, and sheep are being shorn in the shearing shed.’
      • ‘Now the new dairy farmers have built milking sheds for a cost in excess of $100,000.’
      • ‘Ammonium nitrate fertiliser is common in Bundaberg farming sheds - but is also the key ingredient in making some terrorist bombs.’
      • ‘First there was that workaday stuff used as the skin for thousands of Outback shearing sheds.’
      • ‘This jacket is so cool that the cow it was made from was probably smoking a joint and listening to Hendrix while the rest of the herd was in the milking shed.’
      • ‘Heated conversations are being held around kitchen tables, in school staffrooms, in cowsheds, and in shearing sheds.’
      • ‘More than half of all the antibiotics used in this country are used in the farms and in the poultry sheds and all the rest of it, now that's obscene for a start.’
      • ‘Outside the museum is a model of a shearing shed from the colonial period with the blades for shearing and a wool press.’
      • ‘At the back of the old homestead a large shed was the former Taranaki Herald building, the first newspaper in New Plymouth.’
      • ‘The traditional Kiwi attitude towards building one's own home, farm building, or backyard shed is compromised by the very prescriptive nature of this bill.’
      • ‘There's 140 years of family history there and many years of building up the fences, sheds and just sheer hard work.’
      • ‘As soon as he switched to cows, he advertised for sharemilkers, providing the chosen ones with the land, a farmhouse, dairy herd and milking shed.’
      • ‘Subdivisional fences and fences around buildings and sheds are referred to, and that appears to be the extent of it.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Park (a vehicle) in a depot.

    ‘the buses were temporarily shedded in that depot’

Origin

Late 15th century: apparently a variant of the noun shade.

Pronunciation

shed

/ʃɛd/

Main definitions of shed in English

: shed1shed2

shed2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of a tree or other plant) allow (leaves or fruit) to fall to the ground.

    ‘both varieties shed leaves in winter’
    • ‘When a horwath tree shed its leaves, the leaves fell to the ground, and were extremely soft and fluffy.’
    • ‘We bought it in early December, and it started shedding needles about a week after we got it home.’
    • ‘When your tree sheds its leaves, dig them into your soil in the vacant garden beds.’
    • ‘Have you noticed that the trees have already started shedding their leaves?’
    • ‘You remember, Becky, where we went for a walk once, that year you said the trees were slow to shed their leaves.’
    • ‘Australia is the place where the trees don't shed their leaves, they shed their bark, and some mammals lay eggs.’
    • ‘The frost would take over and every shiny orange leaf would be shed from those trees.’
    • ‘The trees had shed their leaves, leaving vast sheets of different colors covering the once bright green grasses.’
    • ‘Trees had begun shedding their leaves and the water was drying quickly into thick mud.’
    • ‘Most of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves by mid-December.’
    • ‘The languorously limbed trees droop into the water, often shedding their prodigious fronds, providing a sheltered habitat for fish.’
    • ‘Evergreen sclerophylls and drought semi-deciduous shrubs that shed their leaves during dry periods are the dominant plants in this region.’
    • ‘In contrast, willows and poplars shed living twigs.’
    • ‘The last of the turkey has been demolished, the new toys lie in a corner and the Christmas tree is shedding its needles at a rate of knots.’
    • ‘Trees shed leaves from October to February; new leaves appear between February and April.’
    • ‘Don't be alarmed if the tree sheds an unusually large number of leaves during the first growing season.’
    • ‘If there is a lack of ground water, trees will shed their fruit early.’
    • ‘In life also, plants may shed leaves, seeds, and other organs.’
    • ‘Photosynthetic gain in a plant is maximized by shedding older leaves only when photosynthesis by retranslocated nitrogen in new leaves exceeds the photosynthesis of the leaves lost.’
    • ‘If you have evergreens, perhaps the plants are just shedding older leaves to make way for new.’
    1. 1.1 (of a reptile, insect, etc.) allow (its skin or shell) to come off, to be replaced by another one that has grown underneath.
      • ‘Each time the caterpillar grows bigger, it sheds its skin in a process called molting.’
      • ‘As though he was a snake shedding its old skin to make room for the new, Ian's human skin began to peal off of him as a scaly, dark green skin took its place.’
      • ‘But crabs and other animals that periodically shed their hard shells, or exoskeletons, face just such a predicament.’
      • ‘The male crabs shed their shells twice a year, in autumn and spring.’
      • ‘I have had had snakes shedding their skin in my house.’
      • ‘Snakes shed their worn-out skin about six times a year.’
      • ‘What is it about the rich and famous, shedding relationships and personas as fast as a snake sheds its skin?’
      • ‘When snake sheds its skin, it slides out of it, leaves it behind and moves on blithely with life.’
      • ‘Ostracods shed the carapace with each molt, whereas the conchostracans simply add material to the carapace as they grow.’
      • ‘Tim's Sri Lankan experiences led him to consider how just as a snake sheds its skin, so too can we shed our fear of otherness, and learn to embrace other cultures.’
      • ‘In other words, the old guard is changing - not unlike a snake shedding its skin.’
      • ‘I'll shed this house like a snake or a lizard must shed its skin.’
      • ‘The children did indeed find a snake skin; the discussion that followed about snakes shedding their skins added depth to the study.’
      • ‘Taylor notes that some insects swallow air to inflate their bodies when shedding their shells, but it's unknown whether they also use the air for skeletal support.’
      • ‘As their body size increases, the crabs shed their too small exoskeleton (shell).’
      • ‘Her mother had somehow shed her old body like a snake shedding its skin.’
      • ‘Both are frequently images of creativity: rabbits are prolific and snakes shed their skins and grow new ones as an act of renewal.’
      • ‘Like the snake sheds its skin, we all need to leave our past again and again.’
      • ‘The great snake was shedding its skin, revealing glorious pearly scales hidden under the rock cover.’
      • ‘A layer of tension fell off like a snake shedding its skin.’
      slough off, cast, cast off, moult
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    2. 1.2 (of a mammal) lose (hair) as a result of moulting, disease, or age.
      • ‘It is well known that shedding hair and dandruff into the surgical area contributes to an increase in infection.’
      • ‘Most of the hair that is shed from a Shih Tzu's coat will end up in the brush if you brush daily.’
      • ‘In the summer, the arctic fox sheds its white coat for a brown one for better cover.’
      • ‘But the hair sheds all year round, so be forewarned.’
      • ‘There are fewer than 12 breeders in the UK who produce the dogs, which shed no hair and eliminate the problems for allergy sufferers.’
      • ‘In female pattern hair loss, when the affected hair is shed, the root grows one in its place that is shorter.’
      • ‘The dog sheds heavily - the Samoyedes collected the fur and wove it into a wool - so be prepared for a lot of white fuzz around the house.’
      • ‘Cheap brushes are a huge headache mainly because they shed hair and lose their shape quicker than quality brushes.’
      • ‘For instance, someone who is especially house proud will not want a dog with a long coat which sheds hair all over the furniture.’
      • ‘My dog is shedding more hair than usual.’
      • ‘I wanted to shed everything, and I shed the hair as well.’
      • ‘The season premiere's ‘plot’ revolved around a pet cat, which caused conflict by getting into all the apartments and shedding hair and pooing on furniture and leaving fleas.’
      • ‘Within three to four weeks, nearly all of the newly transplanted hairs will be shed.’
      • ‘Dogs also require regular grooming, as all dogs shed hair.’
      • ‘Poor Dolly is having a really bad moult, shedding great wads of fine grey hair.’
      • ‘I donned an apron and she shed her blond hair all over it.’
      • ‘Suppose I have an idea for a new spray that will prevent household pets from shedding hair all over your nice clothes and furniture.’
      • ‘After being shed, affected hairs can harbor viable organisms for more than one year.’
      • ‘Though the baby soon sheds the hair on his head, the moustache only grows thicker.’
      • ‘The hairs can be shed or inserted by direct contact with potential predators by rubbing the region with urticating hairs.’
    3. 1.3 Take off (clothes)
      ‘we shed our jackets’
      • ‘Suddenly, the drunken man gets up and starts shedding his clothes to reveal a well-dressed, handsome gentleman.’
      • ‘Ryan, in contrast to everyone else, seemed a bit uncomfortable with idea of quickly shedding his clothes in front of everyone.’
      • ‘He sheds his white clothes because they will be visible in the night and wears only the knife around his neck.’
      • ‘The children seem to think it's an adventure, an adventure that includes shedding their clothes, decontamination and donning of scrubs.’
      • ‘I called out and stood from the bed, shedding my clothes.’
      • ‘I shed the clothes I was wearing, and pulled on the new outfit.’
      • ‘She quickly shed the clothes she was wearing and fully dressed herself in clean garments and her brother's spare uniform.’
      • ‘When the moment arrives and Elena sheds her clothes in bed with Fernando, an extended conversation takes precedence over sexual contact.’
      • ‘She shed her clothes and pulled on the catsuit.’
      • ‘Ten onlookers spontaneously shed their clothes and joined in the fun.’
      • ‘He shivered as his bare arms were exposed to the damp air and quickly made his way to the bath chamber, shedding his clothes as he went.’
      • ‘He quickly shed his clothes and climbed gratefully into a bed that hadn't been used in too long, turning on his side so his back was to the darkened glass.’
      • ‘As the two of us shed our clothes and moved closer to the inevitable, I was forced more and more to ignore the insistence of my rational mind that told me I was making a mistake.’
      • ‘She grabbed the clothes she had shed before entering the water.’
      • ‘I shed my clothes and pull on black jeans, a black shirt and black shoes and quickly tied my hair back with a black hair tie.’
      • ‘This double standard is what enables and entices women to shed their clothes.’
      • ‘The both of them fumbled down the hall, shedding their clothes and leaving them where they dropped on the ground.’
      • ‘I arrived at home at last and, after shedding my formal clothes and settling into my pajamas, snuggled into bed.’
      • ‘Land and water resources departments all over Australia have been shedding their developers' clothes and putting on shiny new green ones.’
      • ‘The flight attendant shed her clothes to reveal a bikini colored like the American flag - the shedding of her Irish identity?’
      take off, remove, pull off, peel off, shrug off, discard, divest oneself of, doff, fling off, fling aside, climb out of, slip out of
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    4. 1.4 Have the property of repelling (water or a similar substance).
      • ‘Their fur is also excellent for shedding water, usefully reducing the risk of your clothes sticking to your skin.’
      • ‘It was outside the shelter looking even more peculiar than ever with a tight waterproof hood enclosing its head, shedding water as if it were oiled.’
      • ‘The hair of coastal wolves also appears to be coarser and better at shedding water, perhaps to cope with the heavy rainfall on the west coast.’
      • ‘When it's oriented up, the boards will shed water and will tend to flatten over time.’
      • ‘Because they were made of wool, they shed water, though eventually they'd get wet.’
      • ‘It keeps your feet dry as it sheds water and defies mud.’
      • ‘The secret is to keep the pile low and flat, so that it does not shed the rain water away.’
      • ‘When I was finished, I stood up, shedding water off my body, and wrapped myself in a towel.’
  • 2Discard (something undesirable, superfluous, or outdated)

    ‘many firms use relocation as an opportunity to shed jobs’
    • ‘I am shedding youthful pursuits that don't mean that much to me anymore.’
    • ‘In the new art, men became gods by shedding triviality…’
    • ‘As a consequence the BBC is quickly shedding its homely image and taking on the commercial media world.’
    • ‘No sooner have people been successfully corralled into shedding a few pounds, they are hectored about the possible dangers of dieting.’
    • ‘So is this the nasty party shedding its repulsive past?’
    • ‘Governments should not be allowed to shed this responsibility by appealing for private donations.’
    • ‘The firm says it has no choice but to shed the jobs because there has been a fall in demand for bronze and brass products.’
    • ‘That could allow it to shed jobs without adding to its fixed costs.’
    • ‘Marr acknowledges that, in shedding pivotal players and considerable sums from both the playing budget and debt, his club must also shed expectations.’
    • ‘I don't believe that the sporting gods will punish us for contemplating victory and I'm all for shedding our national defeatism.’
    • ‘In shedding the weight, equivalent to more than 40 bags of sugar, Christine overcame a sweet tooth, which saw her balloon to a 26 dress size.’
    • ‘Other politicians are also shedding the pounds.’
    • ‘But the transplant gives him a 95 per cent chance of shedding the syndrome and leading a normal life.’
    • ‘It knows that while volume production is mobile and has proved disposable, high-quality graduates in design jobs are harder to find and retain, and it doesn't look good to be callously shedding staff by the thousand.’
    • ‘When asked whether the Chilean had shed the excess pounds he gained after his injury, he joked that all that worried him was the player's haircut.’
    • ‘Constant self-examination allows them to shed old baggage and reinvent themselves.’
    • ‘The high street clearers are already compensating for that with increased lending to the companies that have spent the last three years shedding costs and debt and are now showing a little more interest in expansion and acquisitions.’
    • ‘I just thought I was shedding the pounds through exercise.’
    • ‘Bingo is shedding its blue rinse and mothballs image and bidding to become young, fun and sexy.’
    • ‘The introduction of the cranes will also allow the company to shed jobs from an already depleted workforce.’
    make redundant, dismiss, let go, discharge, give someone their notice, get rid of, discard
    discard, get rid of, dispose of, do away with, drop, abandon, throw out, jettison, lose, scrap, cast aside, cast off, dump, have done with, reject, repudiate
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  • 3Cast or give off (light)

    ‘the full moon shed a watery light on the scene’
    • ‘The night lamp sheds tender light and the posters of Kandinsky and Mir color my white walls with festive colours.’
    • ‘It was dark again, save for Callie, who continued shedding her halo of light.’
    • ‘The setting sun shed little light in the damp cavern, and it cast eerie shadows upon the rock walls.’
    • ‘The bulbs shed white light, as opposed to the old-denture hue of plain old bulbs.’
    • ‘After coffee, the skies clear and the clouds respectfully lift to reveal the soft, peach-hued evening light shedding its fading rays on his face.’
    • ‘The fragile wafer of February sun was directly overhead, shedding watery light but no warmth.’
    • ‘Instead of regular light bulbs, which shed a dull yellow glow across the room, Mr Newton decided to splash out on daylight spectrum lighting.’
    cast, send forth, send out, radiate, give out, diffuse, disperse, scatter
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  • 4British Accidentally allow (something) to fall off or spill.

    ‘a lorry shed its load of steel bars’
    • ‘Motorists faced long tailbacks on the Woodhead Pass after a lorry shed its load of waste paper.’
    • ‘The lorry shed its load of metal shards in the accident in Doncaster Road at Hooton Roberts, near Rotherham, disrupting rush hour traffic.’
    • ‘An articulated lorry had shed its load right outside the cop shop in Kirkdale I noticed on the way home.’
    • ‘Both lorries shed their loads on to the road, and one slid a quarter of a mile down the hill, coming to rest on the bridge at Crambeck, near Malton.’
    • ‘They then took off for real, shedding armfuls of bitten plums.’
    • ‘A lorry shed a cargo of paper across the Bristol Road on Saturday morning causing four hours of traffic gridlock in Chippenham.’
    • ‘A lorry shed its load across Great Western Way this morning, causing long delays for commuters joining junction 16 of the M4.’
    • ‘The incident started when the lorry shed its load on M62 eastbound near Birch.’
    • ‘Bricks cascaded into the path of oncoming cars as a lorry shed its load in an accident at Seend on Wednesday lunchtime.’
    • ‘A spokesman said a passenger informed the station that the lorry had shed its load under the rail bridge but rail services were not delayed.’
    • ‘The truck came to rest on its side in the car park, after demolishing a telegraph pole and shedding half its load of soya.’
    • ‘The canvas-sided milk wagon toppled onto its side, shedding part of its load, completing blocking entry onto the motorway at junction 7, and exit from junction 8.’
    let fall, let drop, drop
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  • 5Eliminate part of (an electrical power load) by disconnecting circuits.

Phrases

  • shed (someone's) blood

    • Be injured or killed (or kill or injure someone).

      • ‘Would you be ready to shed your blood in the name of liberty without knowing whether you are making history or just adding to the list of nameless victims of the tyranny?’
      • ‘They can use me to shed my blood, but not to guard a treasure.’
      • ‘After having fought during twenty-five years for my country, and having shed my blood for its glory and independence, an attempt is made to accuse me of treason…’
      • ‘Now, if they are going to shed our blood, why should we look on at our women and children being clubbed, and offer no retaliation?’
      • ‘Mr Chirac said France is grateful for the American soldiers ‘who shed their blood on a soil that was not their own’ during the Second World War, and pledged French allegiance to the anti-terror effort.’
      • ‘They have shed their blood in service to their country and deserve our full commitment.’
      • ‘We know that when you were in the shock youth brigade you made a lot of sacrifices for the homeland, you even shed your blood and broke your bones.’
      • ‘Innocent victims of evil had to shed their blood.’
      • ‘I had killed her; I did not deserve to live after shedding her blood.’
      • ‘He said Italians owe a great debt of gratitude to the many young Americans who shed their blood in World War II so the Italian people could be free.’
  • shed light on

  • shed tears

    • Weep; cry.

      • ‘Anne is not disregarding professional etiquette if she sheds tears with the patient.’
      • ‘Those appearing before the commission may weep, for one reason or another, but it is the taxpayers of this country, ultimately, who should be shedding tears over the incessant and ongoing revelations of this kind.’
      • ‘As it happens, Diego Martin is also the location of the imprisoned statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which has been shedding tears of blood since 1996.’
      • ‘Then, maybe, they will stop shedding tears for the wrong victim.’
      • ‘I, for one, am not going to be shedding tears in sympathy with her family because I believe they are totally at blame for what happened.’
      • ‘In a ceremony in December 2003, dozens of slaves were liberated, many of them shedding tears of joy as they were given certificates showing they were free.’
      • ‘Icons of Nicholas II had been reported as shedding tears of ‘myrrh’ in various churches.’
      • ‘You would almost see the palm trees weeping and shedding tears.’
      • ‘These men aren't shy about shedding tears, which is a very therapeutic thing to do.’
      • ‘Instead of shedding tears tomorrow, it is better not to allow any occasion when tears should have to be shed and some concrete steps be taken to avoid its recurrence.’
      weep, cry, sob, blubber
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Origin

Old English sc(e)ādan ‘separate out (one selected group), divide’, also ‘scatter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German scheiden. Compare with sheath.

Pronunciation

shed

/ʃɛd/