Shred (?), n. [OE. shrede,
schrede, AS. screÁde; akin to OD.
schroode, G. schrot a piece cut off, Icel.
skrjoðr a shred, and to E. shroud. Cf.
Screed, Scroll, Scrutiny.] 1.
A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
"Shreds of tanned leather." Bacon.
2. In general, a fragment; a piece; a
Shred, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Shred or Shredded (?); p. pr. &
vb. n. Shredding.] [OE. shreden,
schreden, AS. screÁdian; akin to OD.
schrooden, OHG. scr?tan, G. schroten. See
Shred, n.] 1. To cut or
tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of
cloth or leather. Chaucer.
2. To lop; to prune; to trim. [Obs.]