shreds


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shreds

Etymology: AS, screade, piece cut off
glossy filaments of mucus in the urine, indicating inflammation in the urinary tract. Also called mucous shreds.

shreds

(shrĕds) [AS. screade]
Slender strands of mucus seen in freshly voided urine, indicative of inflammation of the urinary tract or associated organs.
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At the sound of a cawing overhead I looked up at the huge fighting-machine that would fight no more for ever, at the tattered red shreds of flesh that dripped down upon the overturned seats on the summit of Primrose Hill.
Only a few shreds of clothes could still be distinguished, but there were the remains of boots upon the bony feet, and it was very clear that the dead man was a European.
For Heaven's sake don't get started on a new problem when your nerves are all in shreds.
But this encompassment of her own characterization, based on shreds of convention, peopled by phantoms and voices antipathetic to her, was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy--a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.
With a sudden movement she tore the letter in shreds and sent them fluttering off into the snow.
Her voice seemed to rip the air into a million shreds and stamp on them.
The floor is bare, except that one old mat, trodden to shreds of rope-yarn, lies perishing upon the hearth.
It was here that the brave Abbe wrote a book with his own blood, with a pen made of a piece of iron hoop, and by the light of a lamp made out of shreds of cloth soaked in grease obtained from his food; and then dug through the thick wall with some trifling instrument which he wrought himself out of a stray piece of iron or table cutlery and freed Dantes from his chains.
With his hair in disorder and matted on his forehead, his dress torn and covered with dust and plaster, his linen in shreds, the king never rested until his strength was utterly exhausted, and it was not until then that he clearly understood the pitiless thickness of the walls, the impenetrable nature of the cement, invincible to every influence but that of time, and that he possessed no other weapon but despair.
Had I not known you were Dorothy's friends I might have torn you both into shreds in order to escape your terrible gaze.
The tiger was now upon the bull's broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.
First, he may find his way to England and upset the applecart; secondly, I've only the shreds of a conscience, but I can't leave a man whom I'm robbing of a fortune in a state of semi-slavery, as I daresay he is, and the third reason is perhaps the strongest of all; but I'm not going to tell it you.