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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Share
  1. The part (usually an iron or steel plate) of a plow which cuts the ground at the bottom of a furrow; a plowshare.
  2. The part which opens the ground for the reception of the seed, in a machine for sowing seed.

Etymology: OE. schar, AS. scear; akin to OHG. scaro, G. schar, pflugshar, and E. shear, v. See Shear

noun Share
  1. A certain quantity; a portion; a part; a division; as, a small share of prudence.
  2. Especially, the part allotted or belonging to one, of any property or interest owned by a number; a portion among others; an apportioned lot; an allotment; a dividend."My shareof fame." [Dryden.]
  3. Hence, one of a certain number of equal portions into which any property or invested capital is divided; as, a ship owned in ten shares .
  4. The pubes; the sharebone.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. share, AS. scearu scaru, fr. sceran to shear, cut. See Shear (v.)

verb Share
  1. To part among two or more; to distribute in portions; to divide."Suppose I share my fortune equally between my children and a stranger." [Swift.]
  2. To partake of, use, or experience, with others; to have a portion of; to take and possess in common; as, to share a shelter with another." While avarice and rapine share the land." [Milton.]
  3. To cut; to shear; to cleave; to divide.(Obs)"The shared visage hangs on equal sides." [Dryden.]
verb Share
To have part; to receive a portion; to partake, enjoy, or suffer with others.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result ("they all did their share of the work")
  2. The allotment of some amount by dividing something ("death gets more than its share of attention from theologians")
  3. A sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil
  4. Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group ("he wanted his share in cash")
  5. Any of the equal portions into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is evidenced by a stock certificate ("he bought 100 shares of IBM at the market price")
  6. Communicate ("I'd like to share this idea with you")
  7. Give out as one's portion or share
  8. Have, give, or receive a share of ("We shared the cake")
  9. Use jointly or in common
  10. Have in common ("Our children share a love of music" and "The two countries share a long border")

From Middle English schare, schere, from Old English scearu (“a cutting, shaving, a shearing, tonsure, part, division, share”), from Proto-Germanic *skarō (“a division, detachment”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱar-, *skar- (“to divide”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian skar, sker (“a share in a communal pasture”), Dutch schaar (“share in property”), German Schar (“band, troop, party, company”), Icelandic skor (“department”). Compare shard, shear.

  1. A portion of something, especially a portion given or allotted to someone.
  2. (finance) A financial instrument that shows that one owns a part of a company that provides the benefit of limited liability.
  3. (computing) A configuration enabling a resource to be shared over a network.
    Upload media from the browser or directly to the file .
  4. (Internet) The action of sharing something with other people via social media.
  5. The sharebone or pubis.

From Middle English share, schare, shaar, from Old English scear, scær (“ploughshare”), from Proto-Germanic *skaraz (“ploughshare”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to cut”). Cognate with Dutch schaar (“ploughshare”), German dialectal Schar (“ploghshare”), Danish plovskær (“ploghshare”). More at shear.

  1. (agriculture) The cutting blade of an agricultural machine like a plough, a cultivator or a seeding-machine.

    share was also found in the following language(s): Japanese and Manx

    Notable Persons Named Share

    Share Pedersen is a hard rock, glam metal, and heavy metal music bassist and author. She plays Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. Share was given the name Sharon June Howe on March 21st, 1963. Share is also known as Ross and Share.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Share

    Catherine was born on December 10th, 1942.


    Chuck Share is an athlete for the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Chuck was born on March 14th, 1927 in Akron, Ohio.



    Mike Share is an athlete for the Buffalo City FC.


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    Popularity of Share as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Share U.S.
      White 93.64% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.57% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.86% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Share

    People with the last name Share are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Share

    • How Popular is the name Share? Share is the 60,259th most popular name of all time. As a last name Share was the 29,041st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Share have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22 babies born with the first name Share in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Share? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Share first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Share is Thursday, December 10th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Share born? The highest recorded use of the first name Share was in 1989 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Share: Your name in reverse order is Erahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reash. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Share? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 817 people with the last name Share.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Share? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Share as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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