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SHED, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive shed.

1. To pour out; to effuse; to spill; to suffer to flow out; as, to shed tears; to shed blood. The sun sheds light on the earth; the stars shed a more feeble light.

This is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28.

2. To let fall; to cast; as, the trees shed their leaves on autumn; fowls shed their fethers; and serpents shed their skin.

3. To scatter to emit; to throw off; to diffuse; as, flowers shed their sweets of fragrance.

SHED, verb intransitive To let fall its parts.

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


SHED, noun

1. A slight building; a covering of timber and boards, etc. for shelter against and the inclemencies of weather; a poop house or hovel; as a horse-shed.

The first Aletes born in a lowly shed. Fairfax.

Sheds of reeds which summer's heat repel. Sandys.

2. In composition; effusion; as in slood-shed. [See the Verb.]

SHED, verb transitive To keep off; to prevent from entering; as a hut, umbrella or garment that sheds rain.