• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shredding That which is cut or torn off; a piece.
    • Shredding The act of cutting or tearing into shreds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cellophane is not made of plastic. It is made from a plant fiber, cellulose, which has been shredded and aged.
    • n shredding The act of tearing or cutting into shreds; also, the act of pruning or clipping.
    • n shredding That which is shred; a ragged strip; a fragment; a scrap.
    • n shredding plural In carpentry, short, light pieces of timber fixed as bearers below a roof, forming a straight line with the upper side of the rafters. Also called furrings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shredding the act of cutting into shreds: a shred
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  • Fred A. Allen
    “He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone.”
  • Brendan Gill
    Brendan Gill
    “Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. screáde; Ger. schrot, Scot. screed.


In literature:

I speak before ladies or I'd rip your town-life to shreds.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
The letter was renounced and shredded: the dedicated ascetic contemplated a hooded shape, washed of every earthly fleck.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
In the dusk their hands met over the scabbard, and as she freed herself a shred of her lace flounce clung to Tony's enchanted fingers.
"The Descent of Man and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
Whether the very shreds shorn from woollen cloth, which are thrown away in Ireland, do not make a beautiful tapestry in France?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
I have seen them tear a wolf-pack into shreds.
"God's Country--And the Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
Analysis was impossible, because he knew the transformation within himself was without a shred of reason.
"The Flaming Forest" by James Oliver Curwood
And to a thorn a shred of silver birch-bark clung impaled.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
Obviously, however, the clouds and vapors were thinning, and soon the last shred would float away.
"The Scouts of Stonewall" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Shredding half the penguin-meat, we boiled it up and found the stew and broth excellent.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
The sky stretched radiant above the sea, without a cloud, without a shred of vapour.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja

In poetry:

This is the time of frolic,
When they go floating high,
On wispy shreds of river mist,
Across the shining sky.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
The surges gushed and sounded,
The blue was the blue of June,
And low above the brightening east
Floated a shred of moon.
"The Surges Gushed And Sounded" by William Ernest Henley
Cut out that throwing confetti!
Look at the gentleman, stewed;
Looks like a shred of spaghetti--
Don't get so terribly rude!
"An Election Night Pantoum" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Hark to the honk of the horn!
Cut out that throwing confetti!
There! My new overcoat's torn--
Looks like a shred of spaghetti.
"An Election Night Pantoum" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Pale privet-petals white as milk
Are blown into a snowy mass:
The roses lie upon the grass
Like little shreds of crimson silk.
"Le Jardin" by Oscar Wilde
When we'd got her, new and shining, Oh the picnics that we had,
Mother shredding all her troubles, Father larking like a lad,
While we youngsters sang in chorus, as our bubbling spirits riz,
Sitting decked with ferns and wattles in the Old Tin Liz.
"Old Tin Liz" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

1/2 cup frozen shredded hash browns.
1 / 2 cup frozen shredded hash browns.
4 cups shredded Napa cabbage (¼-inch shreds).
In addition to StartEase, Dmitry Sokolov is author of PC Magazine's ShotSender and Shred 3.
Medium carrot, coarsely shredded (about 1/2 cup).
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut.
Shredded fly line may be repaired with heat shrink tube.
It's hard not to wonder after watching him shred the Giants for 131 yards on 20 carries.
' Medicine Ball (Study)' by Tina La Porta will be on exhibit in "Rip Her to Shreds" at The Projects in F.A.T.
Ryan Fitzpatrick shredded the Patriots defense on Sunday.
Shred, don't toss, important papers.
Paper with a confidential sign on it being shredded.
The giant shredding machine he oversees in a building just outside Brussels is the final destination of billions of paper shares.
The tostadas had the same toppings over shredded chicken and filled most of a standard to-go box.
Damascus Bombing Shreds Veneer of Normality in Syrian Capital.

In science:

We also note that the ma jority of the observed bubbles should have already been shredded apart by Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities if they were of purely hydrodynamic nature.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
Another ma jor issue is that the created cavities often do not morphologically resemble X-ray observations, and get shredded apart quickly.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
In fact, we will show later in section 5.3 that these instabilities should have shredded most hydrodynamic bubbles apart.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
Thus, RT instabilities should at least have already begun to shred most of the bubbles apart on scales of a significant fraction of the bubble size.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
As a result, the neutral gas is relatively quickly shredded and turned into an ionized warm drizzle, which eventually infalls onto the MW disk.
Galaxy evolution begins at home: GALFA, EVLA, and GASKAP