The ceiling and roof were made of concrete, not wood and sheet metal as the contract specified.
By this engineering solution, the complexity of a whole ecosystem gets flattened onto a sheet of paper.
Tarts: Unfold puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and roll the sheet out slightly.
A quick cut reveals the brothers gingerly hiding their next piece of sheet music.
Two other Iranians were huddled in the far side of a room partitioned by a sheet or a blanket.
Jerrold, thus urged, tore open the envelope, drew out the sheet and cast his eyes over it.
Even to you, I filled my first sheet with mere surface matter.
Finally put in a smooth mold with a sheet of paper in the bottom, all evenly greased with butter and cook in a double boiler.
On one corner of the sail I found a block, which had been used for the sheet.
He glanced up at the clock—regulated electrically from the observatory—and scribbled the "filing time" at the bottom of the sheet.
Old English sciete (West Saxon), scete (Mercian) "cloth, covering, towel, shroud," from Proto-Germanic *skautjon-, from *skauta- "project" (cf. Old Norse skaut, Gothic skauts "seam, hem of a garment;" Dutch schoot; German Schoß "bosom, lap"), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.)).
Sense of "piece of paper" first recorded c.1500; that of "any broad, flat surface" (of metal, open water, etc.) is from 1590s. Of falling rain from 1690s. Meaning "a newspaper" is first recorded 1749. Sheet lightning is attested from 1794; sheet music is from 1857. Between the sheets "in bed" (usually with sexual overtones) is attested from 1590s; to be white as a sheet is from 1751. The first element in sheet-anchor (late 15c.) appears to be a different word, of unknown origin.
"rope that controls a sail," late 13c., shortened from Old English sceatline "sheet-line," from sceata "lower part of sail," originally "piece of cloth," from same root as sheet (n.1). Cf. Old Norse skaut, Dutch schoot, German Schote "rope fastened to a sail."
This probably is the notion in phrase three sheets to the wind "drunk and disorganized," first recorded 1821 (in form three sheets in the wind), an image of a sloop-rigged sailboat whose three sheets have slipped through the blocks are lost to the wind, thus "out of control." Apparently there was an early 19c. informal drunkenness scale in use among sailors and involving one, two, and three sheets, three signifying the highest degree of inebriation; there is a two sheets in the wind from 1815.