From Middle English sheden, scheden, schoden, from Old English scēadan, scādan (“to separate, divide, part, make a line of separation between; remove from association or companionship; distinguish, discriminate, decide, determine, appoint; shatter, shed; expound; decree; write down; differ”), from Proto-Germanic *skaiþaną (compare West Frisian skiede, Dutch and German scheiden), from Proto-Indo-European *skeyt- (“to cut, part, divide, separate”), from *skey- (compare Welsh chwydu (“to break open”), Lithuanian skėsti (“to spread”), skíesti (“to separate”), Old Church Slavonic цѣдити (cěditi, “to filter, strain”), Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, “to split”), Old Armenian ցտեմ (cʿtem, “to scratch”), Sanskrit च्यति (chyáti, “he cuts off”)). Related to shoad, shit.
shed (third-person singular simple present sheds, present participle shedding, simple past and past participle shed)
- (transitive, obsolete, Britain, dialectal) To part, separate or divide.
- (transitive, intransitive) To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of.
- (transitive, archaic) To pour; to make flow.
- (transitive) To allow to flow or fall.
- (transitive) To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
- (obsolete, transitive) To pour forth, give off, impart.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To fall in drops; to pour.
- To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
- (weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
From Middle English schede, schode, schad, shæd, from Old English scēada (“a parting of the hair, top of the head”), alteration of earlier *scǣdel, from Proto-Germanic *skaidilō (“part in the hair, crown of the head”). Cognate with Dutch schedel (“skull”), German Scheitel (“hair parting”), Norwegian Bokmål skill (“hair parting”).
shed (plural sheds)
- (weaving) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven.
- (obsolete) A distinction or dividing-line.
- (obsolete) A parting in the hair.
- (obsolete) The top of the head.
- (obsolete) An area of land as distinguished from those around it.
Dialectal variant of a specialized use of shade.
shed (plural sheds)
- A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut.
- A large temporary open structure for reception of goods.
- (Britain, derogatory, informal) An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality.
- (Britain, rail transportation) A British Rail Class 66 locomotive.