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English adjective: shed

1. shed shed at an early stage of development

SamplesMost amphibians have caducous gills.
The caducous calyx of a poppy.



Domain categorybiological science, biology

Antonymslasting, persistent

English noun: shed

1. shed (artifact) an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage

Broader (hypernym)outbuilding

Narrower (hyponym)apiary, bee house, boathouse, coal house, toolhouse, toolshed, woodshed

English verb: shed

1. shed (contact) get rid of

SamplesHe shed his image as a pushy boss.
Shed your clothes.

Synonymscast, cast off, drop, shake off, throw, throw away, throw off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)abscise, autotomise, autotomize, exfoliate, exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough

2. shed (contact) pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities

SamplesShed tears.
Spill blood.
God shed His grace on Thee.

Synonymspour forth, spill

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pour

3. shed (contact) cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

SamplesSpill the beans all over the table.

Synonymsdisgorge, spill

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)seed

Verb groupslop, spill, splatter

4. shed (body) cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

SamplesOur dog sheds every Spring.

Synonymsexuviate, molt, moult, slough

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)cast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off

Narrower (hyponym)desquamate, peel off

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