shed

Definitions

General English

  • verb to lose something which you are carrying or wearing

General Science

  • verb to let something fall off as part of a natural process

Agriculture

  • verb to separate one or more animals from a flock or herd
  • verb to let leaves or grain fall

Aviation

  • verb to get rid of

Construction

  • A small, usually roughly constructed shelter or storage building, sometimes having one or more open sides, and sometimes built as a lean-to.

Medical

  • verb to lose blood or tissue

Origin & History of “shed”

English has two distinct words shed. The verb (OE) originally meant ‘divide, separate, split’ (a 14th-century religious poem paraphrased Genesis with ‘the sun to shed the day from the night’), and the modern range of senses, ‘give off, drop’, did not begin to emerge until the middle English period. It goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *skaithan, which also produced German and Dutch scheiden ‘separate’. this was derived from a base *skaith- ‘divide, split’, source also of English ski and probably sheath. Shed ‘hut’ (15th c.) may be an alteration of shade (but the shed of watershed is of course a noun use of the verb shed).
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