sheet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English shete, from Old English scēte, scīete; akin to Old English scēat edge, Old High German scōz flap, skirt Date: before 12th century 1. a. a broad piece of cloth; especially bedsheet b. sail 1a(1) 2. a. (1) a usually rectangular piece of paper; especially one manufactured for printing (2) a rectangular piece of heavy paper with a plant specimen mounted on it <
an herbarium of 100,000 sheets
>
b. a printed signature for a book especially before it has been folded, cut, or bound — usually used in plural c. a newspaper, periodical, or occasional publication <
a gossip sheet
>
d. the unseparated postage stamps printed by one impression of a plate on a single piece of paper; also a pane of stamps 3. a broad stretch or surface of something <
a sheet of ice
>
4. a suspended or moving expanse (as of fire or rain) 5. a. a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and breadth b. a flat baking pan of tinned metal <
a cookie sheet
>
6. a surface or part of a surface in which it is possible to pass from any one point of it to any other without leaving the surface <
a hyperboloid of two sheets
>
sheetlike adjective II. adjective Date: 1582 1. rolled or spread out in a sheet 2. of, relating to, or concerned with the making of sheet metal III. verb Date: 1606 transitive verb 1. to cover with a sheet <
floors sheeted with dust
>
2. to furnish with sheets 3. to form into sheets intransitive verb to fall, spread, or flow in a sheet <
the rain sheeted against the windows
>
sheeter noun IV. noun Etymology: Middle English shete, from Old English scēata lower corner of a sail; akin to Old English scȳte sheet Date: 13th century 1. a rope or chain that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind 2. plural the spaces at either end of an open boat not occupied by thwarts ; foresheets and stern sheets together V. transitive verb Date: 1925 to move or set (a sail) by manipulation of a sheet

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sheet — Sheet, n. [OE. shete, schete, AS. sc[=e]te, sc[=y]te, fr. sce[ a]t a projecting corner, a fold in a garment (akin to D. schoot sheet, bosom, lap, G. schoss bosom, lap, flap of a coat, Icel. skaut, Goth. skauts the hem of a garment); originally,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheet — W2S2 [ʃi:t] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(for a bed)¦ 2¦(paper)¦ 3¦(thin flat piece)¦ 4¦(large flat area)¦ 5¦(of rain/fire)¦ 6¦(on a ship)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: scyte] 1.) ¦(FO …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Sheet — Sheet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sheeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheeting}.] 1. To furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet. The sheeted dead. When snow the pasture sheets. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To expand, as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheet — sheet1 [shēt] n. [ME schete < OE sceat, piece of cloth, lappet, region, akin to Ger schoss, lap, ON skaut, lappet: for prob. IE base see SHOOT] 1. a large, rectangular piece of cotton, linen, etc., used on a bed, usually in pairs, one under… …   English World dictionary

  • sheet — [ ʃit ] noun count *** ▸ 1 cloth on bed ▸ 2 piece of something flat ▸ 3 wide area ▸ 4 looking like moving wall ▸ 5 rope on boat with sail ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) a large piece of thin cloth that you put on your bed and use for lying on or covering your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Sheet — may refer to:* Sheet, a villiage in Hampshire * Bed sheet, a piece of cloth used to cover a mattress * Sheet (sailing), a rope, cable or chain used to control a sail * The playing surface in the sport of curling * A piece of paper * A level or… …   Wikipedia

  • sheet — ‘cloth’ [OE] and sheet ‘rope attached to a sail’ [OE] are distinct words, although they have a common ancestor. This was the Germanic base *skaut , *skut ‘project’, which also produced English scot free, scuttle ‘sink a ship’, shoot, shot, shout …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sheet — Ⅰ. sheet [1] ► NOUN 1) a large rectangular piece of cotton or other fabric, used on a bed to cover the mattress or as a layer beneath blankets. 2) a broad flat piece of metal or glass. 3) a rectangular piece of paper. 4) an extensive layer or… …   English terms dictionary

  • sheet — ‘cloth’ [OE] and sheet ‘rope attached to a sail’ [OE] are distinct words, although they have a common ancestor. This was the Germanic base *skaut , *skut ‘project’, which also produced English scot free, scuttle ‘sink a ship’, shoot, shot, shout …   Word origins

  • sheet — shēt n 1) a broad piece of cloth esp an oblong of usu. cotton or linen cloth used as an article of bedding 2) a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and breadth <a sheet of connective tissue> * * * (shēt) 1. a… …   Medical dictionary

  • sheet — A complete, unseparated group of postage stamps as printed on a press. The sheet is usually perforated and cut into four or more panes for eventual sale …   Glossary of postal terms

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