from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rope or chain attached to one or both of the lower corners of a sail, serving to move or extend it.
  • noun The spaces at either end of an open boat in front of and behind the seats.
  • intransitive verb To extend in a certain direction. Used of the sheets of a sail.
  • idiom (to/in) Intoxicated; drunk.
  • noun A broad rectangular piece of fabric serving as a basic article of bedding.
  • noun A broad, thin, usually rectangular mass or piece of material, such as paper, metal, glass, or plywood.
  • noun A flat or very shallow, usually rectangular pan used for baking.
  • noun A broad, flat, continuous surface or expanse.
  • noun A moving expanse.
  • noun A newspaper, especially a tabloid.
  • noun Geology A broad, relatively thin deposit or layer of igneous or sedimentary rock.
  • noun A large block of stamps printed by a single impression of a plate before the individual stamps have been separated.
  • noun Mathematics A surface of revolution generated by revolving a hyperbola about one of its two symmetric axes.
  • intransitive verb To cover with, wrap in, or provide with a sheet.
  • intransitive verb To make into sheets.
  • intransitive verb To flow or fall in a sheet.
  • adjective Being in the form of a sheet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large square or rectangular piece of linen or cotton spread over a bed, under the covers, next to the sleeper: as, to sleep between sheets.
  • noun In general, a broad, usually flat, and relatively thin piece of anything, either very flexible, as linen, paper, etc., or less flexible, or rigid, as lead, tin, iron, glass, etc. (a plate).
  • noun One of the separate pieces, of definite size, in which paper is made; the twenty-fourth part of a quire. In the printing-trade the sheet is more clearly defined by naming its size: as, a sheet of cap or a sheet of royal (see sizes of paper, under paper); in bookbinding the sheet is further defined by specifying its fold: as, a sheet of quarto or a sheet of duodecimo.
  • noun A newspaper: so called as being usually printed on a large piece of paper and folded.
  • noun plural Leaves and pages, as of a book or a pamphlet.
  • noun In mathematics, a separate portion of a surface, analogous to the branch of a curve; especially, one of the planes of a Riemann's surface.
  • noun [Sheet is often used in composition to denote that the substance to the name of which it is prefixed is in the form of sheets or thin plates: as, sheet-iron, sheet-glass, sheet-tin.]
  • noun A broad expanse or surface: as, a sheet of water, of ice, or of flame.
  • noun A sail.
  • noun Nautical, a rope or chain fastened to one or both of the lower corners of a sail to extend it and hold it extended, or to change its direction.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology, a layer; a lamina or lamella, as of any membranous tissue.
  • noun In mining, galena in thin and continuous masses. The ore itself is frequently called sheet-mineral.
  • To furnish with sheets: as, a sheeted c ouch.
  • To fold in a sheet; shroud; cover with or as with a sheet.
  • To form into sheets; arrange in or as in sheets.
  • An old variant of shoot, used in sheet-anchor, and common in dialectal speech.
  • noun plural A commercial name for crude rubber in thin pieces formed by coagulating the latex on a large leaf. See rubber, 3.
  • noun In geology: A mass of eruptive rock of great length and breadth as compared with its thickness. Two principal varieties are recognized: surface flows, which are poured out on the surface of the earth, and intruded or intrusive sheets, which are forced between relatively horizontal strata
  • noun A deposit of any material, sedimentary or other, which has great areal extent and small thickness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet.
  • transitive verb To expand, as a sheet.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) to haul upon a sheet until the sail is as flat, and the clew as near the wind, as possible.
  • noun A broad piece of cloth, usually linen or cotton, used for wrapping the body or for a covering; especially, one used as an article of bedding next to the body.
  • noun A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded, whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a letter; a newspaper, etc.
  • noun A single signature of a book or a pamphlet
  • noun A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other substance.
  • noun A broad expanse of water, or the like.
  • noun A sail.
  • noun (Geol.) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata.
  • noun A rope or chain which regulates the angle of adjustment of a sail in relation in relation to the wind; -- usually attached to the lower corner of a sail, or to a yard or a boom.
  • noun The space in the forward or the after part of a boat where there are no rowers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English shete, from Old English scēat(line), sheet (line), from scēata, corner of a sail; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English schete, cloth, from Old English scēte; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.]


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