sheave

1
[sheev]
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Origin of sheave

1
First recorded in 1570–80; derivative of sheaf

sheave

2
[shiv, sheev]
noun
  1. a pulley for hoisting or hauling, having a grooved rim for retaining a wire rope.
  2. a wheel with a grooved rim, for transmitting force to a cable or belt.

Origin of sheave

2
1300–50; Middle English schive; akin to Dutch schijf sheave, German Scheibe disk
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Related Words for sheave

wheel, ring, block, sheave

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British Dictionary definitions for sheave

sheave

1
verb
  1. (tr) to gather or bind into sheaves

sheave

2
noun
  1. a wheel with a grooved rim, esp one used as a pulley

Word Origin for sheave

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scība disc
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Word Origin and History for sheave
v.

"to gather up in sheaves," 1570s; see sheaf. Related: Sheaved; sheaving. Earlier verb in this sense was simply sheaf (c.1500).

n.

"grooved wheel to receive a cord, pulley" (mid-14c.), also "slice of bread" (late 14c.), related to shive (n.).

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