noun, plural sheaves.
verb (used with object)
- shea butter,
- shea nut,
- shea tree,
- shear force,
- shear legs,
- shear modulus
Origin of sheaf
Examples from the Web for sheaf
We would get a sheaf of papers and pencils and listen to the tapes.
No, I don't have a sheaf of short stories buried in a drawer.
In one hand she carried a sheaf of Clinton literature; in the other she was lugging a stack of large yard signs.
The goat, the sheaf of corn, the Spanish pack-saddle, all the accessories are painted with Flemish accuracy.The Story of Seville|Walter M. Gallichan
Gathering up a sheaf of papers from her desk, she rose and stalked toward the inner office, a stiff little figure of hostility.Marjorie Dean High School Senior|Pauline Lester
A number of human harvesters followed, picked up the bundles, and tied a few strips of grain around them, making the sheaf.The Age of Big Business|Burton J. Hendrick
"I got a paler shade of ribbon this time," I said, seeing she made no comment on the sheaf.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions|Mary Roberts Rinehart
"He, like a sheaf of straw, was wholly consumed by the sacred fire which we all serve," continued the voice.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
noun plural sheaves (ʃiːvz)
Word Origin for sheaf
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.