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winding sheet

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noun
  1. shroud(def 1).
  2. a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.
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Origin of winding sheet

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Related Words for winding sheet

veil, cloak, pall, envelope, sheet, garment, dress, screen, cover, shelter, shade, wrap, vault, shadow, clothing, cerement, cerecloth

Examples from the Web for winding sheet

Historical Examples of winding sheet

  • I should stand waiting to see you come out in a winding-sheet.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • It was still open; only the winding-sheet covered the whole.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • She is represented as springing from the tomb clothed in a winding-sheet.

    Chelsea

    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

  • The mist wrapped them like a winding-sheet, and froze as it fell.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The winding-sheet flies open, and reveals the skeleton of Death.


British Dictionary definitions for winding sheet

winding sheet

noun
  1. a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
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