American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sheet for wrapping a corpse; a shroud.
“Finally, the huge gold coach carrying plaster models of Christ in a real damp fluttering winding-sheet and his disciples.”
“A black sky rested on these dead streets, as though an immense winding-sheet were being outspread over this immense tomb.”
“For the eye of the thinker, all historic murderers are to be found there, in that hideous penumbra, on their knees, with a scrap of their winding-sheet for an apron, dismally sponging out their work.”
“He stood astonished on the threshold, one hand on the handle of the half-open door, with his head bent a little forward and quivering, his body wrapped in a white dressing-gown, which was straight and as destitute of folds as a winding-sheet; and he had the air of a phantom who is gazing into a tomb.”
“Nevertheless, by dint of gazing intently he thought he perceived on the ground something which appeared to be covered with a winding-sheet, and which resembled a human form.”
“But — faugh! — this moral linen of yours smells tainted, just like a winding-sheet.”
“Carbon dating tests carried out in 1988 indicated that the shroud, long revered as the winding-sheet in which the body of Jesus was wrapped for burial and bearing his imprint, had been made between 1260 and 1390.”
“All unconsciously Lucien stood with the palm of genius on the one hand and a shameful ending in the hulks upon the other; and, on high upon the Sinai of the prophets, beheld no Dead Sea covering the cities of the plain — the hideous winding-sheet of”
“Then the women took possession of the chamber of death, removed the furniture, wrapped the dead in her winding-sheet, and laid her upon the couch.”
“Ere the worm pierce your winding-sheet, ere the spider”
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