There are 2 definitions of shed in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɛd


1A simple roofed structure used for garden storage, to shelter animals, or as a workshop: a bicycle shed a garden shed
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  • With judgment like that, would you trust any of these gentry to put a roof on your garden shed?
  • Other features include two garden sheds with slated roofs, a tiled pergola, and low voltage ground lighting.
  • 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; potting shed, woodshed; cattle shed, cow-house; Britishlock-up; North Americanbarn, smokehouse; Australian/New Zealandwoolshed; Northern Englishshippon; Southern Englishlinhay
archaic hovel
1.1A larger structure for storing or maintaining vehicles or other machinery: a shed is required for the three engines
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  • The investigating officer said it appeared the fire had started from within one of the vehicles stored in the shed and then quickly spread.
  • 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 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.
1.2Australian/NZ A building for shearing sheep or milking cattle.
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  • 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.
  • Subdivisional fences and fences around buildings and sheds are referred to, and that appears to be the extent of it.
  • 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.

verb (sheds, shedding, shedded)

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Park (a vehicle) in a depot: the buses were temporarily shedded in that depot


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

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There are 2 definitions of shed in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɛd

verb (sheds, shedding; past and past participle shed)

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1(Of a tree or other plant) allow (leaves or fruit) to fall to the ground: both varieties shed leaves in winter
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  • When a horwath tree shed its leaves, the leaves fell to the ground, and were extremely soft and fluffy.
  • Most of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves by mid-December.
  • The trees had shed their leaves, leaving vast sheets of different colors covering the once bright green grasses.
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.
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  • Both are frequently images of creativity: rabbits are prolific and snakes shed their skins and grow new ones as an act of renewal.
  • Each time the caterpillar grows bigger, it sheds its skin in a process called molting.
  • The male crabs shed their shells twice a year, in autumn and spring.
1.2(Of a mammal) lose (hair) as a result of moulting, disease, or age.
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  • Dogs also require regular grooming, as all dogs shed hair.
  • Cheap brushes are a huge headache mainly because they shed hair and lose their shape quicker than quality brushes.
  • My dog is shedding more hair than usual.
1.3Take off (clothes): we shed our jackets
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  • She shed her clothes and pulled on the catsuit.
  • 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.
  • I shed the clothes I was wearing, and pulled on the new outfit.
take off, remove, pull off, peel off, shrug off, discard, divest oneself of, doff, fling off, fling aside, climb out of, slip out of; undo, unfasten, unbutton, unzip
1.4Have the property of repelling (water or a similar substance).
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  • 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.
  • Because they were made of wool, they shed water, though eventually they'd get wet.
2Discard (something undesirable, superfluous, or outdated): many firms use relocation as an opportunity to shed jobs
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  • Marr acknowledges that, in shedding pivotal players and considerable sums from both the playing budget and debt, his club must also shed expectations.
  • 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.
  • Governments should not be allowed to shed this responsibility by appealing for private donations.
3Cast or give off (light): the full moon shed a watery light on the scene
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  • 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.
  • It was dark again, save for Callie, who continued shedding her halo of light.
  • The fragile wafer of February sun was directly overhead, shedding watery light but no warmth.
cast, send forth, send out, radiate, give out, diffuse, disperse, scatter
4British Accidentally allow (something) to fall off or spill: a lorry shed its load of steel bars
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  • 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 lorry shed its load of metal shards in the accident in Doncaster Road at Hooton Roberts, near Rotherham, disrupting rush hour traffic.
let fall, let drop, drop; scatter, spill, shower
5Eliminate part of (an electrical power load) by disconnecting circuits.


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.


shed (someone's) blood

Be injured or killed (or kill or injure someone).
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  • I had killed her; I did not deserve to live after shedding her blood.
  • 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?
  • 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.

shed light on

see light1.

shed tears

Weep; cry.
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  • You would almost see the palm trees weeping and shedding tears.
  • 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.
weep, cry, sob, blubber; lament, grieve, mourn, bewail, wail; Scottishgreet
informal blub, boohoo
literary pule

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