1. One that shreds.
2. A device used for shredding documents, often as a security measure to prevent unapproved persons from reading them.
3. Slang One who rides a board in a board sport, such as snowboarding, especially in a fast manner featuring many quick turns.
4. Slang One who plays fast solos on the electric guitar.
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