noun, plural sheaves.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sheaf
verb (used with object), sheaved, sheav·ing.
Origin of sheave1
Origin of sheave2
Related Words for sheavesbox, container, parcel, packet, kit, bag, bottle, mountain, pyramid, heap, bundle, sheaf, bevy, group, crowd, cluster, mess, chunk, flock, number
Examples from the Web for sheaves
Historical Examples of 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
This kind of machinery, revolving with three sheaves, is called a trispast.Ten Books on Architecture
Word Origin for sheave
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.
"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.).