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sheet

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[ sheet ]
/ ʃit /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of sheet

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First recorded before 900; Middle English shete, shet(te) “length of cloth, piece of linen,” Old English scīte, scēte, scȳte, scīete “garment, cloth, napkin”

OTHER WORDS FROM sheet

sheetless, adjectivesheetlike, adjective

Other definitions for sheet (2 of 2)

sheet2
[ sheet ]
/ ʃit /

noun
Nautical.
  1. a rope or chain for extending the clews of a square sail along a yard.
  2. a rope for trimming a fore-and-aft sail.
  3. a rope or chain for extending the lee clew of a course.
verb (used with object)
Nautical. to trim, extend, or secure by means of a sheet or sheets.

Origin of sheet

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English shete, seate, shortening of Old English scēatlīne “sheet of a sail,” equivalent to scēat(a) “corner, angle, lower corner of a sail” + līne “rope”; cognate with Low German schote; see also sheet1, line1
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British Dictionary definitions for sheet (1 of 2)

sheet1
/ (ʃiːt) /

noun
verb
(tr) to provide with, cover, or wrap in a sheet
(intr) (of rain, snow, etc) to fall heavily

Word Origin for sheet

Old English sciete; related to sceat corner, lap, Old Norse skaut, Old High German scōz lap

British Dictionary definitions for sheet (2 of 2)

sheet2
/ (ʃiːt) /

noun
nautical a line or rope for controlling the position of a sail relative to the wind

Word Origin for sheet

Old English scēata corner of a sail; related to Middle Low German schōte rope attached to a sail; see sheet 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sheet

sheet

see three sheets to the wind; white as a sheet.

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