- shroud(def 1).
- a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.
Origin of winding sheet
late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for winding sheet
I should stand waiting to see you come out in a winding-sheet.Wilfrid Cumbermede
It was still open; only the winding-sheet covered the whole.Debts of Honor
She is represented as springing from the tomb clothed in a winding-sheet.Chelsea
G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
The mist wrapped them like a winding-sheet, and froze as it fell.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
The winding-sheet flies open, and reveals the skeleton of Death.The Temptation of St. Antony
- a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud