4 letter word starting with sh

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shab noun The itch in animals; also, a scab., To play mean tricks; to act shabbily., To scratch; to rub.
shad noun sing. & pl. Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring family. The American species (Clupea sapidissima), which is abundant on the Atlantic coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose (C. alosa), and the twaite shad. (C. finta), are less important species.
shag noun Coarse hair or nap; rough, woolly hair., A kind of cloth having a long, coarse nap., A kind of prepared tobacco cut fine., Any species of cormorant., Hairy; shaggy., To make hairy or shaggy; hence, to make rough.
shah noun The title of the supreme ruler in certain Eastern countries, especially Persia.
sham noun That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoint; a make-believe; delusion; imposture, humbug., A false front, or removable ornamental covering., False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight., To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses., To obtrude by fraud or imposition., To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign., To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
shaw noun A thicket; a small wood or grove., The leaves and tops of vegetables, as of potatoes, turnips, etc.
shay noun A chaise.
shed noun A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut; as, a wagon shed; a wood shed., of Shed, To separate; to divide., To part with; to throw off or give forth from one’s self; to emit; to diffuse; to cause to emanate or flow; to pour forth or out; to spill; as, the sun sheds light; she shed tears; the clouds shed rain., To let fall; to throw off, as a natural covering of hair, feathers, shell; to cast; as, fowls shed their feathers; serpents shed their skins; trees shed leaves., To cause to flow off without penetrating; as, a tight roof, or covering of oiled cloth, sheeds water., To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover., To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle., To fall in drops; to pour., To let fall the parts, as seeds or fruit; to throw off a covering or envelope., A parting; a separation; a division., The act of shedding or spilling; — used only in composition, as in bloodshed., That which parts, divides, or sheds; — used in composition, as in watershed., The passageway between the threads of the warp through which the shuttle is thrown, having a sloping top and bottom made by raising and lowering the alternate threads.
shet imp. of Shet, of Shet, To shut.
shew verb t. & i. See Show., Show.
shie verb t. See Shy, to throw.
shim noun A kind of shallow plow used in tillage to break the ground, and clear it of weeds., A thin piece of metal placed between two parts to make a fit.
shin noun The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone; the lower part of the leg; the shank., A fish plate for rails., To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like; — used with up; as, to shin up a mast., To run about borrowing money hastily and temporarily, as for the payment of one’s notes at the bank., To climb (a pole, etc.) by shinning up.
ship noun Pay; reward., Any large seagoing vessel., Specifically, a vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts. See Illustation in Appendix., A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense., To put on board of a ship, or vessel of any kind, for transportation; to send by water., By extension, in commercial usage, to commit to any conveyance for transportation to a distance; as, to ship freight by railroad., Hence, to send away; to get rid of., To engage or secure for service on board of a ship; as, to ship seamen., To receive on board ship; as, to ship a sea., To put in its place; as, to ship the tiller or rudder., To engage to serve on board of a vessel; as, to ship on a man-of-war., To embark on a ship.
shod imp. & past participle f Shoe., of Shoe
shoe noun A covering for the human foot, usually made of leather, having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and a lighter top. It differs from a boot on not extending so far up the leg., Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use., A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to defend it from injury., A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow., A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill., The part of a railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion., A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building., The trough or spout for conveying the grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone., An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill., An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter., An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile., A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; — called also slipper, and gib., To furnish with a shoe or shoes; to put a shoe or shoes on; as, to shoe a horse, a sled, an anchor., To protect or ornament with something which serves the purpose of a shoe; to tip.
shog noun A shock; a jog; a violent concussion or impulse., To shake; to shock., To jog; to move on.
shoo interj. Begone; away; — an expression used in frightening away animals, especially fowls.
shot imp. & past participle of Shoot, imp. & p. p. of Shoot., Woven in such a way as to produce an effect of variegation, of changeable tints, or of being figured; as, shot silks. See Shoot, v. t., 8., A share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot., of Shot, The act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other weapon which throws a missile., A missile weapon, particularly a ball or bullet; specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive., Small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, — used chiefly for killing game; as, bird shot; buckshot., The flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a cannon shot., A marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an exellent shot., To load with shot, as a gun.
shop imp. of Shape. Shaped., A building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs, etc., are sold by retail., A building in which mechanics or artisans work; as, a shoe shop; a car shop., To visit shops for the purpose of purchasing goods.
show verb t. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; — the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers)., To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one’s designs., Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door., To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event., To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor., To exhibit or manifest one’s self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem., To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear., The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition., That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a traveling show; a cattle show., Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp., Semblance; likeness; appearance., False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense., A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor., A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp.
shug verb i. To writhe the body so as to produce friction against one’s clothes, as do those who have the itch., Hence, to crawl; to sneak.
shun verb t. To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew; as, to shun rocks, shoals, vice.
shut imp. & past participle of Shut, To close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a door or a gate; to shut one’s eyes or mouth., To forbid entrance into; to prohibit; to bar; as, to shut the ports of a country by a blockade., To preclude; to exclude; to bar out., To fold together; to close over, as the fingers; to close by bringing the parts together; as, to shut the hand; to shut a book., To close itself; to become closed; as, the door shuts; it shuts hard., Closed or fastened; as, a shut door., Rid; clear; free; as, to get shut of a person., Formed by complete closure of the mouth passage, and with the nose passage remaining closed; stopped, as are the mute consonants, p, t, k, b, d, and hard g., Cut off sharply and abruptly by a following consonant in the same syllable, as the English short vowels, /, /, /, /, /, always are., The act or time of shutting; close; as, the shut of a door., A door or cover; a shutter., The line or place where two pieces of metal are united by welding.