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See also: shíde, shídé, shìde, and shǐde



From Middle English shide, schide, schyde (plank, board, beam, splinter, chip), from Old English sċīd (thin slip of wood, shingle, billet), from Proto-Germanic *skīdą (log, tile), from Proto-Indo-European *skeyt-, *skey- (to cut; divide; separate; split). Cognate with North Frisian skeid (billet of wood), German Scheit (log, piece of wood), Swedish skid (wooden shoe, sole, skate), Icelandic skíð (a billet of wood). Doublet of ski.



shide (plural shides)

  1. (obsolete) A piece of wood (a thin board or plan, or a strip of wood split off); a measure of firewood, variously defined as e.g. four feet long and between 16 and 38 inches in circumference.
    • 1566, Accounts of St. Dunstan's, Canterbury:
      For a tall shyde and nayle for the same house, jd,
    • 1601, An Acte concerninge the Assise of Fewell (Chapter XIV, 43* Eliz. c. 14,15.), in The Statutes of the Realm ... From Original Records (1819), page 982:
      And [although] by the true intente of the said Statue everie Bende of Faggot should be Three Foote, [] the said evill disposed people doe [make] the saide Bendes or Faggots stickes much shorter, [] And that everie Tall Shide marked Two, beinge rounde bodied, shall conteine in compasse Three and twentie Inches of Assise aboute, []
    • 1791, Parl. Commission on Royal Forests, in Reports (1863) VI., page 339:
      A quantity of pollard trees to make 1200 shides of cleft wood, computed to contain half a foot of wood or timber in each.

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  1. Alternative form of schide