- plural of sheaf.
- plural of sheave2.
- one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.
- any bundle, cluster, or collection: a sheaf of papers.
- to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.
Origin of sheaf
Origin of sheave1
- a pulley for hoisting or hauling, having a grooved rim for retaining a wire rope.
- a wheel with a grooved rim, for transmitting force to a cable or belt.
Origin of sheave2
Examples from the Web for sheaves
Some bore ale and beer, and some bundles of bowstrings or sheaves of arrows.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
They were stationary, and it was necessary to bring the sheaves to them.The Age of Invention
Then he was put in a box stall and given three sheaves of oats.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
One man did the cradling and another the gathering and the binding into sheaves.Rural Life and the Rural School
The blocks used have each three rows of sheaves side by side.Ten Books on Architecture
- the plural of sheaf
- (tr) to gather or bind into sheaves
- a wheel with a grooved rim, esp one used as a pulley
- a bundle of reaped but unthreshed corn tied with one or two bonds
- a bundle of objects tied together
- the arrows contained in a quiver
- (tr) to bind or tie into a sheaf
Word Origin and History for sheaves
Old English sceaf (plural sceafas) "large bundle of corn," from Proto-Germanic *skauf- (cf. Old Saxon scof, Middle Dutch scoof, Dutch schoof, Old High German scoub "sheaf, bundle," German Schaub "sheaf;" Old Norse skauf "fox's tail;" Gothic skuft "hair on the head," German Schopf "tuft"), from PIE root *(s)keup- "cluster, tuft, hair of the head." Extended to bundles of things other than grain by c.1300. Also used in Middle English for "two dozen arrows." General sense of "a collection" is from 1728.
"to gather up in sheaves," 1570s; see sheaf. Related: Sheaved; sheaving. Earlier verb in this sense was simply sheaf (c.1500).
"grooved wheel to receive a cord, pulley" (mid-14c.), also "slice of bread" (late 14c.), related to shive (n.).