Shed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shed; p. pr. & vb. n. Shedding.]
1. To separate; to divide. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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? --Shak.
Twice seven consenting years have shed
Their utmost bounty on thy head. --Wordsworth.
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.”
6. Weaving To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
1. The act of shedding, separating, or casting off or out; as, the shedding of blood.
2. That which is shed, or cast off. [R.]
n 1: the process whereby something is shed [syn: sloughing]
2: loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming
off in scales [syn: desquamation, peeling]
adj : shed at an early stage of development; "most amphibians have
caducous gills"; "the caducous calyx of a poppy" [syn:
caducous] [ant: persistent]
n : an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or
v 1: 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]
2: 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]
3: cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or
over; "spill the beans all over the table" [syn: spill,
4: cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "out dog sheds every
Spring" [syn: molt, exuviate, moult, slough]