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shred

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
not a scrap/shred of evidence (=no evidence at all)
▪ There is not one scrap of evidence against our client.
shredded lettuce (=torn or cut into small pieces)
▪ Serve the trout on a bed of shredded lettuce.
tear sth to pieces/shreds
▪ The dogs tore the meat to pieces.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
rip
▪ His silk ballooned, ripping into shreds.
▪ I can recall that my command tent was ripped to shreds.
▪ For him there is nothing but mangled meat and pulverised potatoes, ripped to shreds by his incompetent cutlery.
▪ Its springtime for President Bill Clinton as he watches his Republican challengers rip each other to shreds.
▪ One could hardly wear garments that were ripped to shreds and spattered with blood.
▪ And the politicians, thank goodness, have only so much money with which to rip each other to shreds.
tear
▪ They snarled at them as if they were criminals and took their papers as if they'd like to tear them to shreds.
▪ Within two years, other researchers had torn it to shreds.
▪ The agony of such a torment would tear her to shreds.
▪ They didn't have a humidifier and it's torn my voice to shreds.
▪ They would have torn Corbett to shreds if the grille had been raised.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
rip sth/sb to shreds
▪ Carson ripped him to shreds in his monologue.
▪ Unexpected hailstorms have ripped crops to shreds.
▪ And the politicians, thank goodness, have only so much money with which to rip each other to shreds.
▪ Its springtime for President Bill Clinton as he watches his Republican challengers rip each other to shreds.
▪ Other than the chance to rip it to shreds.
tear sb/sth to shreds/pieces
▪ In the end the prosecutor's case was torn to shreds by Russell's lawyer.
▪ Male Siamese fighting fish will tear each other's fins to shreds.
▪ A shell had exploded in the body of one of them, tearing it to pieces; others were torn and wounded.
▪ And having got under them, he can't half tear them to pieces.
▪ He was thrown from his chariot and his horses tore him to pieces and devoured him.
▪ If Hyde returns while I am writing this confession, he will tear it to pieces to annoy me.
▪ They snarled at them as if they were criminals and took their papers as if they'd like to tear them to shreds.
▪ They will tear you to pieces.
▪ We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.
▪ Within two years, other researchers had torn it to shreds.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A steady breeze sent shreds of cloud tumbling across the face of the moon.
▪ By the last sibling it would be in shreds.
▪ Its springtime for President Bill Clinton as he watches his Republican challengers rip each other to shreds.
▪ Mix the arrowroot with one teaspoon of cold water and stir into the syrup along with the shreds.
▪ Nor were the crowd to be denied, for they tore the black baize cloth to shreds in their scramble for souvenirs.
▪ Soles of hiking boots would be cut to shreds.
▪ There were noises to fear-something substantial ripped from the undercarriage and the thumping of a tire burst into shreds.
▪ There were nothing but shreds of leaves, gnawed stems, and barren shoots.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Shred the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle it on the pizza.
▪ He had told his secretary to shred the memo.
▪ Remove the outside leaves and shred the cabbage finely.
▪ Some photographs and important documents -- the only evidence available -- had been shredded.
▪ The superintendent gave his secretary some letters to shred.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A few croutons, some red cabbage shreds and a few wedges of tomato unimaginatively rounded things out.
▪ It had claws like an eagle talons; she could hear them shredding and splintering the wood.
▪ Millions of these books are shredded yearly or allowed to rot and gather dust in purgatorial existence.
▪ Other than the chance to rip it to shreds.
▪ Then he took what I said, shredded it, tore it apart, used all the correct, adult legal terms.
▪ To serve, top each tortilla with shredded lettuce and divide shrimp mixture evenly over lettuce on each tortilla.
▪ Wheels spun free and shredded carbon-fibre debris from disintegrating front wings flew in all directions.
Wikipedia

SHRED

Spam Harassment Reduction via Economic Disincentives (SHRED) is a proposed sender-at-risk E-mail stamp mechanism for reducing the E-mail spamming problem by indirectly increasing the cost of E-mail sending to the senders of unwanted E-mail. It aims to avoid the defects in earlier sender-at-risk mechanisms.

The main aim of SHRED is to provide economic incentives for legitimate ISPs to clean up the botnet problem within their networks, by making it cheaper to do so than to continue to pay excess postage charges for delivered spam messages, whilst not requiring SHRED to be mandated or universally adopted to be effective, or for SMTP to be re-engineered.

SHRED differs from other E-mail postage stamp systems in that SHRED stamps only represent a potential financial liability to the E-mail sender, rather than an unconditional cost, and only incur a replacement cost if cancelled by an E-mail recipient who considers an E-mail to be unwanted.

SHRED is thus effectively an electronic reputation system, where reputation—in the form of being able to affix stamps to E-mail—is lost through complaints, and has to be bought back with money, thus imposing a financial cost on the loss of reputation. The presence or absence of a stamp then can be used by E-mail receivers, together with other sources of information such as blacklists, whitelists, and content analysis, to make judgments as to whether E-mail should be relayed or delivered.

Shred (film)

Shred is a snowboarding comedy film starring Tom Green that was filmed along with its sequel Shred 2 at Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort, two ski resorts in British Columbia, Canada.

Shred (Unix)

'''shred''' is a Unix command that can be used to securely delete files and devices so that they can be recovered only with great difficulty with specialised hardware, if at all. It is a part of GNU Core Utilities.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shred

Shred \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

Shred \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.]

Shred

Shred \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.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

shred

Old English screadian "to peel, prune, cut off," from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (cognates: Middle Dutch scroden, Dutch schroeien, Old High German scrotan, German schroten "to shred"), from root of shred (n.). Meaning "cut or tear into shreds" is from 1610s. Related: Shredded; shredding.

shred

Old English screade "piece cut off, cutting, scrap," from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (cognates: Old Frisian skred "a cutting, clipping," Middle Dutch schroode "shred," Middle Low German schrot "piece cut off," Old High German scrot, "scrap, shred, a cutting, piece cut off," German Schrot ""log, block, small shot"," Old Norse skrydda "shriveled skin"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool," extension of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

Wiktionary

shred

n. 1 A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip. 2 In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount. vb. 1 To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips. 2 (context obsolete transitive English) To lop; to prune; to trim. 3 (context snowboarding English) To ride aggressively. 4 (context bodybuilding English) To drop fat and water weight before a competition. 5 (context music slang English) To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).

WordNet

shred

  1. n. a tiny or scarcely detectable amount [syn: scintilla, whit, iota, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge]

  2. a small piece of cloth or paper [syn: rag, tag, tag end, tatter]

  3. v. tear into shreds [syn: tear up, rip up]

  4. [also: shredding, shredded]

Usage examples of "shred".

Hiawatha Smote amain the hollow oak-tree, Rent it into shreds and splinters, Left it lying there in fragments.

That told Ariel what she needed to know: the few shredded memories of home to survive her amnemonic plague were still accurate.

Noetic shreds, arkose shards, biotite fragments tumbling and grinding in a dry breccia slurry.

May, 2002, giving the gist of the above and also commenting that it was all a result of baseless hysteria, and there had never been a shred of evidence that insulating buildings with asbestos was harmful to health.

When ready to serve, arrange the cups on shredded lettuce and fill with cooked asparagus tips, cold and mixed with mayonnaise or French dressing, as desired.

It was all I could do to tear my eyes off Asteria, who sat panting on the ground, ripping at the shreds of the long robe entangling her neck and legs.

The frenzied animal continued its attack, sequentially shredding and avulsing all four extremities of the almost headless torso.

Thus, his first battle had been like all the others, a blindsided slaughter in these hills, shredded by artillery that they could never reach and he and his fellow Kessentai pecked at by snipers that were impossible to distinguish through the mass of fire.

Mrs Possum bit him savagely and naughty Blinky at once kicked her, scratching and ripping her best hat to shreds.

The swirl grew longer and thinner as it spun and shreds threw off it, but Barnabas did not stop screaming until the darkness had faded into the blueness completely.

Stir it up, thicken the chili a little with the guar or xanthan if you think it needs it, and serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro on top.

So he put on every shred of shirt and cotte he had, and two pairs of pants, and made for the roofs again.

Father Balbi looked like a peasant, but he was in better condition than I, his clothes were not torn to shreds or covered with blood, his red flannel waistcoat and purple breeches were intact, while my figure could only inspire pity or terror, so bloodstained and tattered was I.

The gunslinger caught it, tossed it to Cullum, then went to the fireplace and dropped the last shred of his cigarette onto the little pile of logs stacked on the grate.

The bullets rattled out, their thunder shredding the air, and the defaulter twitched backwards, his uniform tearing and his skin rupturing.