Main definitions of shed in English

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shed1

noun

  • 1A simple roofed structure, typically made of wood or metal, used as a storage space, a shelter for animals, or a workshop.

    • ‘He found a milk crate in the shed and shoved it over to the side window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the articles auctioned included garden sheds, air conditioners, computer accessories, caravans, bookshelves and household items.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, so many of us cycled to school that the bike sheds filled an entire tennis court.’
    • ‘Under these, secondary schools will be entitled to £10,000 and primaries to £5,000 to spend on facilities such as bicycle sheds.’
    • ‘Malton has virtually completed all the work necessary, both in the cattle shed and the sheep shed.’
    • ‘At night, all the dogs are taken inside the house, while the cattle have a shed to sleep in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Farmers emptied their barnyards and built factory-size sheds in the rolling hills.’
    • ‘A combined area of new and existing cattle sheds and silage yards of more than 300 square metres will also require planning permission.’
    • ‘However, mostly they decorated backyards or cattle sheds.’
    • ‘Wet weather at this time of the year results in very moist warm conditions in cattle sheds.’
    • ‘Mosquitoes were collected from human dwellings, cattle sheds and outdoors.’
    • ‘The spread of wage labour in mines, factories, ports, and shearing sheds saw the rise of trade unionism during the 1870s.’
    • ‘When sows are brought to the pastures, they move into a variety of farrowing sheds.’
    • ‘With judgment like that, would you trust any of these gentry to put a roof on your garden shed?’
    • ‘We clipped the backs and tummies of all cattle in the sheds and found it helps keep them cool and there is less scratching.’
    • ‘Other features include two garden sheds with slated roofs, a tiled pergola, and low voltage ground lighting.’
    hut, lean-to, outhouse, outbuilding, shack
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    1. 1.1 A larger structure, typically with one or more sides open, for storing or maintaining vehicles or other machinery.
      ‘a shed is required for the three shunt engines’
      • ‘The whaling canoes are stored in a wooden shed, idle for the past six years.’
      • ‘The city's first railway station was at Milford in 1847 with engine sheds established at Churchfields in 1901.’
      • ‘Outside the classroom there's a shed full of heavy machinery used in training.’
      • ‘The machinery shed actually got built and even the inside is 95% finished.’
      • ‘The only building on the otherwise vacant block is a machinery shed.’
      • ‘‘This is a quick transformation from a store to a shed,’ said Mr Feeney.’
      • ‘We're able to pool our infrastructure: machinery, equipment and machinery sheds.’
      • ‘His machine sheds and other structures dot the province.’
      • ‘Jess just nodded again and took off down the path in the direction of the machinery shed.’
      • ‘He has applied to the council for planning permission for a machinery shed at Church Avenue, Stradbally.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A couple of stone throws away, near the machinery sheds, is the old homestead with its original wood-fired stove.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The investigating officer said it appeared the fire had started from within one of the vehicles stored in the shed and then quickly spread.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

shed

/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’
    • ‘Australia is the place where the trees don't shed their leaves, they shed their bark, and some mammals lay eggs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We bought it in early December, and it started shedding needles about a week after we got it home.’
    • ‘Don't be alarmed if the tree sheds an unusually large number of leaves during the first growing season.’
    • ‘Most of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves by mid-December.’
    • ‘The frost would take over and every shiny orange leaf would be shed from those trees.’
    • ‘Have you noticed that the trees have already started shedding their leaves?’
    • ‘In contrast, willows and poplars shed living twigs.’
    • ‘Evergreen sclerophylls and drought semi-deciduous shrubs that shed their leaves during dry periods are the dominant plants in this region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When your tree sheds its leaves, dig them into your soil in the vacant garden beds.’
    • ‘The trees had shed their leaves, leaving vast sheets of different colors covering the once bright green grasses.’
    • ‘You remember, Becky, where we went for a walk once, that year you said the trees were slow to shed their leaves.’
    • ‘In life also, plants may shed leaves, seeds, and other organs.’
    • ‘Trees had begun shedding their leaves and the water was drying quickly into thick mud.’
    • ‘The languorously limbed trees droop into the water, often shedding their prodigious fronds, providing a sheltered habitat for fish.’
    • ‘When a horwath tree shed its leaves, the leaves fell to the ground, and were extremely soft and fluffy.’
    • ‘If there is a lack of ground water, trees will shed their fruit early.’
    • ‘If you have evergreens, perhaps the plants are just shedding older leaves to make way for new.’
    • ‘Trees shed leaves from October to February; new leaves appear between February and April.’
    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.
      • ‘The children did indeed find a snake skin; the discussion that followed about snakes shedding their skins added depth to the study.’
      • ‘I have had had snakes shedding their skin in my house.’
      • ‘Her mother had somehow shed her old body like a snake shedding its skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In other words, the old guard is changing - not unlike a snake shedding its skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Snakes shed their worn-out skin about six times a year.’
      • ‘The male crabs shed their shells twice a year, in autumn and spring.’
      • ‘As their body size increases, the crabs shed their too small exoskeleton (shell).’
      • ‘Ostracods shed the carapace with each molt, whereas the conchostracans simply add material to the carapace as they grow.’
      • ‘What is it about the rich and famous, shedding relationships and personas as fast as a snake sheds its skin?’
      • ‘I'll shed this house like a snake or a lizard must shed its skin.’
      • ‘But crabs and other animals that periodically shed their hard shells, or exoskeletons, face just such a predicament.’
      • ‘Each time the caterpillar grows bigger, it sheds its skin in a process called molting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When snake sheds its skin, it slides out of it, leaves it behind and moves on blithely with life.’
      slough off, cast, cast off, moult
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    2. 1.2 (of a mammal) lose (hair) as a result of molting, disease, or age.
      • ‘Suppose I have an idea for a new spray that will prevent household pets from shedding hair all over your nice clothes and furniture.’
      • ‘Within three to four weeks, nearly all of the newly transplanted hairs will be shed.’
      • ‘It is well known that shedding hair and dandruff into the surgical area contributes to an increase in infection.’
      • ‘But the hair sheds all year round, so be forewarned.’
      • ‘In the summer, the arctic fox sheds its white coat for a brown one for better cover.’
      • ‘Cheap brushes are a huge headache mainly because they shed hair and lose their shape quicker than quality brushes.’
      • ‘Poor Dolly is having a really bad moult, shedding great wads of fine grey hair.’
      • ‘The hairs can be shed or inserted by direct contact with potential predators by rubbing the region with urticating hairs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though the baby soon sheds the hair on his head, the moustache only grows thicker.’
      • ‘I wanted to shed everything, and I shed the hair as well.’
      • ‘After being shed, affected hairs can harbor viable organisms for more than one year.’
      • ‘My dog is shedding more hair than usual.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of the hair that is shed from a Shih Tzu's coat will end up in the brush if you brush daily.’
      • ‘Dogs also require regular grooming, as all dogs shed hair.’
      • ‘I donned an apron and she shed her blond hair all over it.’
      • ‘For instance, someone who is especially house proud will not want a dog with a long coat which sheds hair all over the furniture.’
    3. 1.3 Take off (clothes)
      • ‘I arrived at home at last and, after shedding my formal clothes and settling into my pajamas, snuggled into bed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The flight attendant shed her clothes to reveal a bikini colored like the American flag - the shedding of her Irish identity?’
      • ‘He sheds his white clothes because they will be visible in the night and wears only the knife around his neck.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the drunken man gets up and starts shedding his clothes to reveal a well-dressed, handsome gentleman.’
      • ‘The children seem to think it's an adventure, an adventure that includes shedding their clothes, decontamination and donning of scrubs.’
      • ‘She quickly shed the clothes she was wearing and fully dressed herself in clean garments and her brother's spare uniform.’
      • ‘She shed her clothes and pulled on the catsuit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the moment arrives and Elena sheds her clothes in bed with Fernando, an extended conversation takes precedence over sexual contact.’
      • ‘This double standard is what enables and entices women to shed their clothes.’
      • ‘I called out and stood from the bed, shedding my clothes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shed the clothes I was wearing, and pulled on the new outfit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The both of them fumbled down the hall, shedding their clothes and leaving them where they dropped on the ground.’
      • ‘She grabbed the clothes she had shed before entering the water.’
      • ‘Land and water resources departments all over Australia have been shedding their developers' clothes and putting on shiny new green ones.’
      • ‘Ryan, in contrast to everyone else, seemed a bit uncomfortable with idea of quickly shedding his clothes in front of everyone.’
      • ‘Ten onlookers spontaneously shed their clothes and joined in the fun.’
      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 Discard (something undesirable, superfluous, or outdated)
      ‘what they lacked was a willingness to shed the arrogance of the past’
      • ‘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 am shedding youthful pursuits that don't mean that much to me anymore.’
      • ‘Constant self-examination allows them to shed old baggage and reinvent themselves.’
      • ‘As a consequence the BBC is quickly shedding its homely image and taking on the commercial media world.’
      • ‘But the transplant gives him a 95 per cent chance of shedding the syndrome and leading a normal life.’
      • ‘Governments should not be allowed to shed this responsibility by appealing for private donations.’
      • ‘I don't believe that the sporting gods will punish us for contemplating victory and I'm all for shedding our national defeatism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Marr acknowledges that, in shedding pivotal players and considerable sums from both the playing budget and debt, his club must also shed expectations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That could allow it to shed jobs without adding to its fixed costs.’
      • ‘So is this the nasty party shedding its repulsive past?’
      • ‘In the new art, men became gods by shedding triviality…’
      • ‘Other politicians are also shedding the pounds.’
      • ‘The introduction of the cranes will also allow the company to shed jobs from an already depleted workforce.’
      • ‘No sooner have people been successfully corralled into shedding a few pounds, they are hectored about the possible dangers of dieting.’
      • ‘Bingo is shedding its blue rinse and mothballs image and bidding to become young, fun and sexy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I just thought I was shedding the pounds through exercise.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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    5. 1.5 Have the property of preventing (something) from being absorbed.
      ‘this leather has a superior ability to shed water, sweat, and salt’
      • ‘It keeps your feet dry as it sheds water and defies mud.’
      • ‘When it's oriented up, the boards will shed water and will tend to flatten over time.’
      • ‘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 secret is to keep the pile low and flat, so that it does not shed the rain water away.’
      • ‘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 I was finished, I stood up, shedding water off my body, and wrapped myself in a towel.’
      • ‘Because they were made of wool, they shed water, though eventually they'd get wet.’
    6. 1.6 Eliminate part of (an electrical power load) by disconnecting circuits.

Phrases

  • shed (someone's) blood

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

      • ‘They have shed their blood in service to their country and deserve our full commitment.’
      • ‘I had killed her; I did not deserve to live after shedding her blood.’
      • ‘They can use me to shed my blood, but not to guard a treasure.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Innocent victims of evil had to shed their blood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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…’
  • shed tears

    • Weep; cry.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anne is not disregarding professional etiquette if she sheds tears with the patient.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, maybe, they will stop shedding tears for the wrong victim.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/SHed//ʃɛd/