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a bicycle shed (=place for keeping bicycles in)
▪ He built a bicycle shed in the back yard.
a bike shed
▪ They used to meet behind the bike sheds at school.
a garden shed (=a small building in the garden for storing tools and equipment)
▪ We keep the lawnmower in the garden shed.
a tree loses/sheds its leaves (=the leaves come off the tree)
▪ Most trees shed their leaves in the autumn.
lose/shed an image (=get rid of it)
▪ The party struggled to lose its image of being somewhat old-fashioned.
lose/shed weight
▪ She lost a lot of weight when she was ill.
potting shed
shed its load (=the load had fallen off)
▪ The lorry had shed its load.
shed/weep tears (=cry)
▪ Don’t shed any tears for him.
tool shed
▪ It is in the middle of a row of other useful buildings, including the potting sheds and forcing houses.
▪ Constable Quince hid in the potting shed and lit a Woodbine.
▪ Pass a small shed on your left and go through a gate until you reach the Larriston Burn.
▪ Biologist Linda Leigh would later spend three weeks in the small glass shed.
▪ Along the valley, the old man wanders off from his allotment into a small rickety shed.
▪ The brothers took a decision to isolate Kalu in a small shed at the bottom of the fields.
▪ He stepped across the strip of lawn which separated the side of the house from a small garden shed.
▪ I will use a wooden shed lined with polystyrene, possibly with one double-glazed window in the roof.
▪ There was a scattering of greenhouses on the site, a few more wooden sheds, and several pigeon coops.
▪ Accommodation: Bothy: a wooden shed provided by the Forestry Commission.
▪ School blaze: Fire caused minor damage to two wooden sheds at the Choppington first school in Northumberland.
▪ It was no more than a wooden shed, with shelves layered round the walls, and a counter.
▪ The blade sharpener has its own wooden shed.
▪ The door of a garden shed had swung open.
▪ But I knew it was best not to confess what I had seen inside her garden shed.
▪ Under-sink cupboards and garden sheds should be kept permanently locked.
▪ A police search of his home revealed 200,000 documents in his garden shed.
▪ Since then, he claims, he's been repeatedly threatened, and now his garden shed has been daubed with graffiti.
▪ Those seen in the spring will have hibernated over the winter in garden sheds or hollow trees.
▪ Make a note of the symptoms, and pin it up in the garden shed - the remedies are self-evident.
▪ But what if you can only afford a garden shed?
▪ The old man is keeping dry inside his shed.
▪ Acme Plant Maintenance Service keeps the factory sheds going.
▪ Don't let prowling thieves see what you keep in the shed - put curtains at the windows.
not the sharpest tool in the box/shed
throw/shed/cast light on sth
▪ Newly found Aztec artifacts may shed some light on their mysterious culture.
▪ A fretful wind was not enough to open them and shed light on the ruptured earth in which they lay.
▪ An analysis of the results should shed light on the workings of the Northern Ireland labour market.
▪ Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.
▪ He uses relativity to throw light on time and eternity, and indeterminacy to comment on free will.
▪ In addition, the research is expected to shed light on the social consequences of cities' changing economic roles.
▪ Owing to the small sample size, the results can only be expected to shed light on the trends.
▪ Therefore they shed light on the comparative institutional questions with which we are concerned.
▪ This may shed light on Soviet views of such zones.
▪ a storage shed
▪ We keep the ladder in the tool shed.
▪ Constable Quince hid in the potting shed and lit a Woodbine.
▪ Jimmy was sitting in the shed sharpening a scythe.
▪ On the lefthand side was the shed where they kept the saddlery.
▪ Since then he and the other customers have had to gather in a renovated shed.
▪ The water is flushed through the sheds numerous times, becoming more concentrated with each pass.
▪ They might have been garages and they might have been sheds.
▪ Trestles have been set up in the shed, sheets of plywood laid over them.
▪ We found two old bill hooks in the shed and proceeded to become cavalry.
▪ Suppose his hand slipped, suppose he were to shed Marcus's blood?
▪ Only the simpler, uglier land mine has shed more blood.
▪ They visited with terrible punishment those who shed the blood of kin did.
▪ The company shed almost 1,000 employees during the year, leaving it with 13,934.
▪ Elco, an electronics company, shed 1. 25 percent.
▪ It is a simple enough message but one which has a nasty habit of being forgotten when companies decide to shed staff.
▪ Adams said the company has shed about 4, 000 jobs since 1988.
▪ During this recession, companies have shed workers sooner than in previous ones.
▪ Analysts also expect the company to shed its large stake in merchant bank Singer &038; Friedlander.
▪ In addition, the company will shed several divisions.
▪ Has the industry finally shed its negative image for helping businesses only when they are in trouble?
▪ They are taking steps to shed that image by improving support and other services.
▪ Labour has successfully shed its image of a party of sandal-wearing social workers from the 1960s.
▪ Fords are to shed 1,500 jobs and Rolls-Royce Motors 950.
▪ When Bank of Boston and Baybanks stepped up to the altar, they announced plans to shed 2, 000 jobs.
▪ Moreover many firms will use relocation as an opportunity to shed jobs or introduce cheaper and less worthwhile ones.
▪ Video-Tape, no voice over MITCHELDEAN/Gloucestershire Rank Xerox has shed more than three thousand jobs at its plant in Mitcheldean in recent years.
▪ Corus shed 4,500 jobs last year, reducing its total workforce to 33,000, citing the strong pound.
▪ Ford wants to shed more than 1,400 jobs through voluntary redundancy, but Mr Adams said there were unlikely to be enough volunteers.
▪ He has already shed more than 40,000 jobs and reduced the number of companies from 170 to 100 in 18 months.
▪ The dominant theme remains still-life and the prominence of lamps and the pools of light which they shed.
▪ The light it shed was muted, dusty.
▪ He watched a woman walking briskly through the pool of light shed by a gas-lamp.
▪ But these later pieces are of most use for the light they shed on the earlier development.
▪ A peculiar light seemed shed over everything, by dint of it being that house and no other!
▪ But a new light was shed on his character by the way he treated his host and hostess.
▪ The light it sheds is a pleasant, tender rose.
▪ You will already be feeling fitter, healthier, and be starting to shed the first few pounds of excess weight.
▪ He recently shed a number of pounds, which even some friends say he lost with an eye to a national race.
▪ So during a week you would be likely to shed one pound of surplus fat.
▪ A new diet drug that suppresses the appetite is helping people shed pounds without having to exercise or fuss with meal plans.
▪ He was surprised, there was not an ounce of fat on him, but he had shed five pounds.
▪ You will already be feeling fitter, healthier, and be starting to shed the first few pounds of excess weight.
▪ He recently shed a number of pounds, which even some friends say he lost with an eye to a national race.
▪ So with a daily deficit of 1,000 calories you could expect to shed around two pounds a week.
▪ A new diet drug that suppresses the appetite is helping people shed pounds without having to exercise or fuss with meal plans.
▪ He was surprised, there was not an ounce of fat on him, but he had shed five pounds.
▪ He has since shed 40 pounds, but is still soft from starchy food and lack of exercise.
▪ They eat almost continuously for a month, pausing only to shed their skins several times to accommodate their ever-increasing bodies.
▪ Competition on the margin forces organizations shed their skins, time and again.
▪ As she grows, she must periodically shed her inelastic skin.
▪ See how we fight to return, now that we have shed our skins, now that we are only water?
▪ It has to shed its skin four or five times to allow it to grow bigger.
▪ In order to grow, snakes must periodically shed their skins.
▪ There was a hard knot of misery in her throat, but she seemed to have no tears left to shed.
▪ So the honeymoon was memorable for the soul-searching I did and the tears I shed.
▪ Any experienced masseur can tell how often, as they release muscle tension, tears are shed.
▪ There was the Putin who remained aloof and the Putin who talked publicly about the tears he had shed.
▪ Claudia rubbed her hand over eyes that were heavy with tiredness and the tears she refused to shed.
▪ But not too many tears should be shed for her loneliness on Christmas Day.
▪ The only tears which are ever shed are those from actions unwittingly committed which have hurt the beloved.
▪ As it grows, a snake will regularly shed its skin.
▪ Gascoigne has shed nearly 6 kilos in pre-season training and looks much fitter.
▪ I'd like to shed a few pounds.
▪ Inside, the two leaders shed their coats and sat down facing each other.
▪ Short-haired dogs don't shed as much as long-haired ones.
▪ Stone's doctor ordered him to shed some weight and quit smoking.
▪ The candle shed a dim glow over her face.
▪ A new diet drug that suppresses the appetite is helping people shed pounds without having to exercise or fuss with meal plans.
▪ After the Milford move, BorsodChem quickly shed one third of its market value.
▪ During this time, the top layer of your skin is shed to reveal a fresh new one.
▪ Hoppe hopes his experiment will shed light on a biological mystery.
▪ The latest flushing models of mantle convection have shed new light on what may keep the supercontinents dancing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shed \Shed\ (sh[e^]d), n. [The same word as shade. See Shade.]

  1. A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure often open in front; an outbuilding; a hut; as, a wagon shed; a wood shed.

    The first Aletes born in lowly shed.

    Sheds of reeds which summer's heat repel.

  2. (A["e]ronautics) A covered structure for housing aircraft; a hangar.


Shed \Shed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shed; p. pr. & vb. n. Shedding.] [OE. scheden, sch?den, to pour, to part, AS. sc[=a]dan, sce['a]dan, to pert, to separate; akin to OS. sk??an, OFries. sk?tha, G. scheiden, OHG. sceidan, Goth. skaidan, and probably to Lith. sk["e]du I part, separate, L. scindere to cleave, to split, Gr. ???, Skr. chid, and perch. also to L. caedere to cut. [root]159. Cf. Chisel, Concise, Schism, Sheading, Sheath, Shide.]

  1. To separate; to divide. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
    --Robert of Brunne.

  2. To part with; to throw off or give forth from one's self; to emit; to diffuse; to cause to emanate or flow; to pour forth or out; to spill; as, the sun sheds light; she shed tears; the clouds shed rain.

    Did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood?

    Twice seven consenting years have shed Their utmost bounty on thy head.

  3. To let fall; to throw off, as a natural covering of hair, feathers, shell; to cast; as, fowls shed their feathers; serpents shed their skins; trees shed leaves.

  4. To cause to flow off without penetrating; as, a tight roof, or covering of oiled cloth, sheeds water.

  5. To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover. [R.] ``Her hair . . . is shed with gray.''
    --B. Jonson.

  6. (Weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.


Shed \Shed\, v. i.

  1. To fall in drops; to pour. [Obs.]

    Such a rain down from the welkin shadde.

  2. To let fall the parts, as seeds or fruit; to throw off a covering or envelope.

    White oats are apt to shed most as they lie, and black as they stand.


Shed \Shed\, n.

  1. A parting; a separation; a division. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

    They say also that the manner of making the shed of newwedded wives' hair with the iron head of a javelin came up then likewise.
    --Sir T. North.

  2. The act of shedding or spilling; -- used only in composition, as in bloodshed.

  3. That which parts, divides, or sheds; -- used in composition, as in watershed.

  4. (Weaving) The passageway between the threads of the warp through which the shuttle is thrown, having a sloping top and bottom made by raising and lowering the alternate threads.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"building for storage," 1855, earlier "light, temporary shelter" (late 15c., shadde), possibly a dialectal variant of a specialized use of shade (n.). Originally of the barest sort of shelter. Or from or influenced in sense development by Middle English schudde (shud) "a shed, hut."


"cast off," Old English sceadan, scadan "to divide, separate, part company; discriminate, decide; scatter abroad, cast about," strong verb (past tense scead, past participle sceadan), from Proto-Germanic *skaithan (cognates: Old Saxon skethan, Old Frisian sketha, Middle Dutch sceiden, Dutch scheiden, Old High German sceidan, German scheiden "part, separate, distinguish," Gothic skaidan "separate"), from *skaith "divide, split."\n

\nAccording to Klein's sources, this probably is related to PIE root *skei- "to cut, separate, divide, part, split" (cognates: Sanskrit chid-, Greek skhizein, Latin scindere "to split;" Lithuanian skedzu "I make thin, separate, divide;" Old Irish scian "knife;" Welsh chwydu "to break open"). Related: Shedding. A shedding-tooth (1799) was a milk-tooth or baby-tooth. \n

\nIn reference to animals, "to lose hair, feathers, etc." recorded from c.1500; of trees losing leaves from 1590s; of clothes, 1858. This verb was used in Old English to gloss Late Latin words in the sense "to discriminate, to decide" that literally mean "to divide, separate" (compare discern). Hence also scead (n.) "separation, distinction; discretion, understanding, reason;" sceadwisnes "discrimination, discretion."


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete UK dialect English) To part or divide. 2 (context ambitransitive English) To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of. 3 (context transitive archaic English) To pour; to make flow. 4 (context transitive English) To allow to flow or fall. 5 (context transitive English) To radiate, cast, give off (light); ''see also'' shed light on. 6 (context obsolete transitive English) To pour forth, give off, impart. 7 (context obsolete intransitive English) To fall in drops; to pour. 8 To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover. 9 (context weaving English) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (context weaving English) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven. 2 (context obsolete English) A distinction or dividing-line. 3 (context obsolete English) A parting in the hair. 4 (context obsolete English) An area of land as distinguished from those around it. n. 1 (context weaving English) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven. 2 (context obsolete English) A distinction or dividing-line. 3 (context obsolete English) A parting in the hair. 4 (context obsolete English) An area of land as distinguished from those around it. Etymology 3

n. 1 A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut. 2 (context British derogatory informal English) An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality. 3 (context British rail transportation English) A http://en.wikipedi

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  1. adj. shed at an early stage of development; "most amphibians have caducous gills"; "the caducous calyx of a poppy" [syn: caducous] [ant: persistent]

  2. [also: shedding]

  1. n. an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage

  2. v. get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes" [syn: cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop]

  3. pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities; "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee" [syn: spill, pour forth]

  4. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over; "spill the beans all over the table" [syn: spill, disgorge]

  5. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "out dog sheds every Spring" [syn: molt, exuviate, moult, slough]

  6. [also: shedding]

Shed (disambiguation)

A shed is a simple, single-story, non-residential structure.

  • Locomotive shed, a storage shed for locomotives
  • Shed, a masculine first name.

Shed, The Shed, or Shedding may also refer to:

  • Shed (deity), an Ancient Egyptian Saviour god
  • Shed (musician), techno music producer and Berghain resident based in Germany
  • Shed (physics), a unit of cross-section
  • Shed (weaving), the area through which weft yarns are woven
Shed (musician)

René Pawlowitz (born 1975 in Frankfurt/Oder) is a Berlin-based techno DJ and producer, better known under his moniker Shed.

Shed (album)

Shed is the debut studio album by American rock band Title Fight. It was released on May 3, 2011, through SideOneDummy Records. It received positive reviews, garnering an 81 on review aggregator Metacritic. It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.


A shed, outhouse, outbuilding or shack, is typically a simple, single-storey roofed structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop.

Sheds vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Sheds used on farms or in industry can be large structures. The main types of shed construction are metal sheathing over a metal frame, plastic sheathing and frame, all-wood construction, and vinyl-sided sheds built over a wooden frame.

A culture of shed enthusiasts exists in several countries. In Australia and New Zealand there are magazines called The Shed, an association for shed enthusiasts (the Australian Men's Shed Association), and a book entitled Men and Sheds.

Shed (weaving)

In weaving, the shed is the temporary separation between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven. The shed is created to make it easy to interlace the weft into the warp and thus create woven fabric. Most types of looms have some sort of device which separates some of the warp threads from the others. This separation is called the shed, and allows for a shuttle carrying the weft thread to move through the shed perpendicular to the warp threads. Which threads are raised and which are lowered are changed after each pass of the shuttle.

The process of weaving can be simplified to a series of four steps: the shed is raised, the shuttle is passed through, the shed is closed, and the weft thread is beaten into place. These steps are then repeated, with a different set of threads being raised so as to interlace the warp and weft.

The term shedding refers to the action of creating a shed. A shedding device is the device used to raise or open the shed. Creating the separation is referred to as raising or opening the shed, while the reverse is known as lowering or closing the shed.

Shed (deity)

Shed is an Ancient Egyptian deity, popularly called, "the savior" and is first recorded after the Amarna Period. Representing the concept of salvation he is identified with Horus and in particular "Horus the Child". Rather than have formal worship in a temple or as an official cult, he appears to have been a god that ordinary Egyptians looked to save them from illness, misfortune or danger. He is shown on the Metternich Stela as vanquishing danger in the form of a serpent, a scorpion and a crocodile.

The rise of "Savior" names in personal piety during the Amarna period has been interpreted as the popular response of ordinary people to the attempts by Akhenaten to proscribe the ancient religion of Egypt. Shed has also been viewed as a form of the ancient Semitic god Reshef. Shed can be depicted as a young prince overcoming snakes, lions and crocodiles.

Shed has been viewed as a form of savior, a helper for those in need when state authority or the king's help is wanting. The increased reliance on divine assistance could even extend to saving a person from the underworld, even to providing a substitute, and lengthening a person's time in this world. In the New Kingdom Shed "the savior" is addressed on countless stelae by people searching or praising him for help.

Usage examples of "shed".

In the petty quarrels of Europe, they shed the blood of their friends and countrymen, for the acquisition perhaps of a castle or a village.

Ned of his chum, as they walked on toward the shed of the new, big aerial warship.

He returned to the Crystal Palace grounds, that classic starting-point of aeronautical adventure, about sunset, re-entered his shed without disaster, and had the doors locked immediately upon the photographers and journalists who been waiting his return.

And above each shed was the name of the aeroplane it housed, printed in small letters.

James Bell and the man from Lost Brig Island out of the aeroplane shed.

There was no light save the light shed abroad by the flashes of the blade, and in these they beheld the air suffocated with Afrites and Genii in a red and brown and white heat, followers of Karaz.

The blazes were flaring high, and the man was standing by the tool shed, aiming a rifle.

The man was too awkward aiming, but he went instantly graceful when Rambo shot him, smoothly clutching his right shoulder, spinning easily, toppling perfectly over the bicycle next to the tool shed, and then he was awkward again as the bicycle gave way under him and the two jumbled to the ground in a tinny jangle of chain and spokes.

When Willett would mention some favourite object of his boyhood archaistic studies he often shed by pure accident such a light as no normal mortal could conceivably be expected to possess, and the doctor shuddered as the glib allusion glided by.

It is easy for faction and calumny to shed their poison on the administration of the best of princes, and to accuse even their virtues by artfully confounding them with those vices to which they bear the nearest affinity.

She replaced the receiver, picked up her capacious knitting bag, gave her hat brim a final pat in front of the mirror, and swung the wooden shed door to without noticing Asey standing outside.

The nobleman commented briefly on these diverse kinds of love, but when he came to the love of God he began to soar, and I was greatly astonished to see Marcoline shedding tears, which she wiped away hastily as if to hide them from the sight of the worthy old man whom wine had made more theological than usual.

But one thing is clear: atman seeks to realize Brahman, to be united with the Absolute, and it travels in this life on a pilgrimage where it is born and dies, and is born again and dies again, and again, and again, until it manages to shed the sheaths that imprison it here below.

For mi future, one hope sheds its ray, An awm driftin along varry fast, To that day.

The tremendous increase in and new sophistication of infant development research in the last ten years have shed new light on the understanding of what babies need.