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Definition of 'shed'


  1. an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage


  1. get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
       Synonyms: cast cast off shake off throw throw off throw away drop
  2. pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities; "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee"
       Synonyms: spill pour forth
  3. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over; "spill the beans all over the table"
       Synonyms: spill disgorge
  4. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "our dog sheds every Spring"
       Synonyms: molt exuviate moult slough


  1. shed at an early stage of development; "most amphibians have caducous gills"; "the caducous calyx of a poppy"
       Synonyms: caducous
       Antonyms: persistent lasting

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