• WordNet 3.6
    • v shred tear into shreds
    • n shred a small piece of cloth or paper
    • n shred a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cellophane is not made of plastic. It is made from a plant fiber, cellulose, which has been shredded and aged.
    • Shred A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip. "Shreds of tanned leather."
    • Shred In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle.
    • Shred To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of cloth or leather.
    • Shred To lop; to prune; to trim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shred To cut or tear into small pieces; also, to cut or tear pieces from.
    • shred To tear into pieces, either small and irregular, or long in proportion to their width; tear into ragged bits, scraps, or strips: as, to shred old linen.
    • shred To prune; lop; trim, as a pole or a hedge.
    • n shred A bit, scrap, fragment, rag, or strip made by cutting or tearing up something: used specifically of cloth or list for nailing up plants.
    • n shred Figuratively, a bit; a particle; also, something that is like a scrap or fragment in being worn or valueless, or in having a forlorn appearance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shred shred a long, narrow piece cut or torn off: a strip, fragment, particle
    • v.t Shred to cut or tear into shreds
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shrede, schrede, AS. screáde,; akin to OD. schroode, G. schrot, a piece cut off, Icel. skrjoðr, a shred, and to E. shroud,. Cf. Screed Scroll Scrutiny


In literature:

Wash it well; score the skin, and roast with sage and onions finely shred.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
It was going to smash Jebusa Jones's Cuticle Remedy to the shreds of its ointment boxes.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
When he next turned with a calm, true face to Jehane there was not a shred of the Angevin in him; all was burnt away.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Not a shred was wasted.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Her hair was, every shred of it, not only grey, but almost white.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
The carpet was torn to shreds, the chairs shivered.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
You put valuable papers carefully away, and the next time you go to the cupboard, they are reduced to shreds.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Mrs. Godfrey's clothes were torn in shreds.
"Young Lion of the Woods" by Thomas Barlow Smith
Shred it very small; and put almost as much Beef-suet as your meat, and mince it very small.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
There were ten men in the shredding gang.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter

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
THIS shred of song you bid me bring
Is snatched from fancy's embers;
Ah, when the lips forget to sing,
The faithful heart remembers!
"The Old Tune" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How at her sacred feet I cast me down?
How she upraised me to her bosom fair,
And from her garland shred the first light crown
That ever pressed my hair?
"The Return Of The Goddess" by James Bayard Taylor
They are meeting—they are met—
Where is now the gallant ship?
Down on her side—all bruised her pride—
Her topmast on the deep—
And her strongest—amplest sail,
Shred in tatters by the gale.
"The Oceanides VII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury

In news:

Free shredding is courtesy of Cintas and is sponsored by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern PA (CCCS).
The blobby beasties get shredded like Kleenex in the filters.
Sautéed Shredded Winter Squash and Cabbage and a Winter Vegetable Gratin .
The potatoes were baked and shredded the day before.
Global Surf Industries offers the Shred Sled for tiny rippers.
The desert heat had no effect on Stevie Bonsey as he shredded the competition during Saturday night's AMA Pro Grand National Championship main event at the Tucson International Raceway.
Cup shredded cheddar or fontina cheese.
Cups shredded horseradish and chive Havarti cheese (5 ounces).
11 places to get your shred on this memorial day.
Qabli palaw, lamb chunks with rice, shredded carrots, almonds, and raisins.
Vegetarian Spring Rolls With Shredded Kohlrabi.
Doggie Shredding in Surfing Competition.
You may have seen him on YouTube, or on the Conan O'Brien show, and assumed the unholy shredding you were hearing come from a Japanese boy barely the size of his own guitar was dubbed in after the fact.
Urschel Laboratories' new CC-D Shredder can shred cheese for bulk packaging, pizza toppings, tacos and salads, as well as cut potatoes for hash browns, slice/shred carrots for salads and slice various fruits and vegetables.
This week the manager was charged with illegally shredding as many as 90,000 documents.

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
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
In this case, a source from a shredded galaxy may not have a match in another coadded image if the galaxy has not been “shredded” in the same way in the other coadd.
UV/Optical Detections of Candidate Tidal Disruption Events by GALEX and CFHTLS
If the measured magnitude in C2 is brighter than mlim of C2 then we assume that the source in C1 has been shredded from an extended galaxy, and that the lack of a source match in C2 is not due to variability.
UV/Optical Detections of Candidate Tidal Disruption Events by GALEX and CFHTLS
If the companion becomes tidally shredded as it approaches the core of the primary it could form a disk around it (Nordhaus & Blackman 2006).
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test