sheet

1
[ sheet ]
/ ʃit /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Origin of sheet

1
before 900; Middle English shete,Old English scēte (north), scīete, derivative of scēat corner, lap, sheet, region; cognate with Dutch schoot,German Schoss,Old Norse skaut

OTHER WORDS FROM sheet

sheetless, adjectivesheetlike, adjective

Definition 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

2
1300–50; Middle English shete, shortening of Old English scēatlīne, equivalent to scēat(a) lower corner of a sail (see sheet1) + līneline1, rope; cognate with Low German schote
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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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Idioms and Phrases with sheet

sheet

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

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