Sheaves
Sheaf Sheaf, n.; pl. {Sheaves}. [OE. sheef, shef, schef, AS. sce['a]f; akin to D. schoof, OHG. scoub, G. schaub, Icel. skauf a fox's brush, and E. shove. See {Shove}.] 1. A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw. [1913 Webster]

The reaper fills his greedy hands, And binds the golden sheaves in brittle bands. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Any collection of things bound together; a bundle; specifically, a bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer, -- usually twenty-four. [1913 Webster]

The sheaf of arrows shook and rattled in the case. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sheaves — sheaves1 [shēvz] n. pl. of SHEAF sheaves2 [shēvz, shivz] n. pl. of SHEAVE1 …   English World dictionary

  • SHEAVES — pl. of SHEAF. * * * plural of sheaf or of sheave present third singular of sheave * * * sheaves1 /sheevz/, n. pl. of sheaf. sheaves2 /shivz, sheevz/, n. pl. of sheave2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheaves — [[t]ʃi͟ːvz[/t]] Sheaves is the plural of sheaf …   English dictionary

  • sheaves — I [[t]ʃivz[/t]] n. agr. pl. of sheaf II sheaves [[t]ʃɪvz, ʃivz[/t]] n. pl. of sheave II …   From formal English to slang

  • sheaves — sheaves1 /sheevz/, n. pl. of sheaf. sheaves2 /shivz, sheevz/, n. pl. of sheave2. * * * …   Universalium

  • sheaves — ʃɪːf n. bundle of grain bound together after harvesting; bundle, collection v. bind into a sheaf, make into a sheaf ʃɪːv n. wheel with a grooved rim …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sheaves — plural form of sheaf …   English new terms dictionary

  • sheaves — the plural of sheaf …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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