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Dictionary Definition



1 a tiny or scarcely detectable amount [syn: scintilla, whit, iota, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge]
2 a small piece of cloth or paper [syn: rag, tag, tag end, tatter] v : tear into shreds [syn: tear up, rip up] [also: shredding, shredded]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /ʃɹɛd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛd


  1. To partition into narrow pieces or strips.
  2. : To ride aggressively.
  3. : To drop fat and water weight before a competition.

Derived terms


to partition into narrow pieces or strips
snowboarding: to ride aggressively
to drop fat and water weight before a competition


  1. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
  2. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle.
  3. (McDonald's lingo) Shredded lettuce.


fragment; piece; particle
McDonald's lingo: shredded lettuce

Extensive Definition

Shred, Shredder, or Shredding may refer to:

Mechanical devices

  • Paper shredder, used in offices to destroy sensitive documents
  • Woodchippers, which can shred wood, brush, etc.
  • Food processor, a kitchen appliance which can shred food
  • Industrial shredder, used in factories to crush concrete filled drums, hard drives, filing cabinets, heavy equipment, etc.


  • Neo-classical metal, a subgenre of heavy metal which occasionally is called "shred metal"
  • Shred guitar, a unique style of electric guitar playing that focuses on quickly executing advanced techniques to increase the speed of the playing, often being utilized in the above-mentioned neo-classical metal




shred in German: Schredder
shred in French: Shred (homonymie)
shred in Dutch: Shredder
shred in Russian: Шреддер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Mystik tape, Scotch tape, abrade, adhesive tape, atom, atomize, band, bandage, batten, beat, belt, bit, bray, brecciate, butt, cellophane tape, chip, chunk, clip, clipping, cloth tape, collop, comminute, contriturate, crumb, crumble, crush, cut, cutting, defoliate, demolish, denude, destroy, disintegrate, dismember, dispose of, dollop, draw and quarter, end, fascia, filament, fillet, flay, flour, fragment, friction tape, gin, girdle, gob, gobbet, grain, granulate, granulize, grate, grind, grind to powder, hint, hunk, iota, jot, lacerate, lath, levigate, ligula, ligule, list, lota, lump, maim, mangle, mash, masking tape, mill, modicum, moiety, morceau, morsel, mutilate, nip, ounce, paring, particle, patch, peel, pestle, pick to pieces, piece, plank, plastic tape, pound, powder, pull apart, pulverize, rag, rasher, ray, reduce to powder, remnant, ribband, ribbon, scintilla, scoop, scrap, scrunch, shard, shave, shaving, shiver, skin, slat, slice, slip, sliver, smash, smidgen, smithereen, snack, snatch, snick, snip, snippet, speck, spill, spin, spline, splinter, squash, stitch, strake, strap, strip, strop, stump, suggestion, taenia, tag, take apart, tape, tape measure, tapeline, tatter, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, tear up, throw away, ticker tape, tittle, trace, trash, triturate, whit
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