Shred - (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
SHRED, v.t. pret. and pp. shred. To cut into small pieces, particularly marrow and long pieces, as of cloth or lether. It differs from mince, which signifies to chop into pieces fine and short.
1. A long narrow piece cut off; as shreds of cloth.
2. A fragment; a piece; as shreds of wit.