shedding


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shed 1

 (shĕd)
v. shed, shed·ding, sheds
v.tr.
1.
a. To have (a growth or covering) be disconnected or fall off by a natural process: a tree shedding its leaves; a snake shedding its skin; a dog shedding its hair.
b. To rid oneself of (something not wanted or needed): I shed 25 pounds as a result of my new diet.
c. To take off (an article of clothing).
2.
a. To produce and release (a tear or tears).
b. Archaic To pour forth.
3. To repel without allowing penetration: A duck's feathers shed water.
4. To diffuse or radiate; send forth or impart: a lamp that sheds a lot of light.
v.intr.
To lose a natural growth or covering by natural process: The cats are shedding now.
n.
1. An elevation in the earth's surface from which water flows in two directions; a watershed.
2. Something, such as an exoskeleton or outer skin, that has been shed or sloughed.
3. The space made by raising certain warp threads on a loom and lowering others, allowing the woof to be passed between them.
Idioms:
shed blood
1. To wound or kill in a violent manner.
2. To be wounded or killed: "For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother" (Shakespeare).
shed (someone's) blood
To wound someone or take someone's life, especially with violence.

[Middle English sheden, to separate, shed, from Old English scēadan, to divide; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

shed 2

 (shĕd)
n.
1. A small structure, either freestanding or attached to a larger structure, serving for storage or shelter.
2. A large low structure often open on all sides.

[Alteration of Middle English shadde, perhaps variant of shade, shade; see shade.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shedding - the process whereby something is shedshedding - the process whereby something is shed
abscission - shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant
ecdysis, molt, molting, moult, moulting - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.shedding - loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scalesshedding - loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
Translations

shed·ding

n. [hair] exfoliación; [skin] peladura.
References in periodicals archive ?
QUETTA -- Quetta Electricity Supply Company (Qesco) fails to keep its promise of less load shedding post Ramazan, as Quetta and other parts of Balochistan facing prolonged and unannounced load shedding.
PESHAWAR -- The people from different walk of life in Peshawar and Chitral Sunday threatened to stage a sit-in if the hours-long electricity load shedding in their areas was not stopped within 24 hours.
In industrial areas and other localities which were exempt from load-shedding, the K-E has increased load-shedding by many times, while 12 hours of load shedding is being carried out in the city.
bsac-850950-259409869-place Residents in the city have expressed outrage at the load shedding, complaining that temperatures are rising and the Holy month of Ramzan is about to start.
The people of Karachi are continuously facing the problem of load shedding but for last one month this problem has become immense as unannounced load shedding continues day and night .In some parts of the city announced load shedding goes up to 12 hours with additional hours of unannounced load shedding.
'In compliance of federal government and minister of energy instructions 71% feeders of IESCO have been exempted by load shedding,' the CEO said while briefing media persons here.
Shedding her former belle-of-the-ball image, she went on to find her own light, her own inner self.
If clouds of cat hair don't complement you, your furniture or your home, you may be among the owners looking for solutions to shedding. Dermatologist William H.
The process of bucks shedding their antlers occurs much faster than growing them.
It was a place to store tools, overwinter shedding ferns, and stash the lawn mower.