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

  • transitive v. To collect and bind into a sheaf.
  • n. A wheel or disk with a grooved rim, especially one used as a pulley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wheel having a groove in the rim for a rope to work in, and set in a block, mast, or the like; the wheel of a pulley.
  • v. to gather and bind into a sheaf

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wheel having a groove in the rim for a rope to work in, and set in a block, mast, or the like; the wheel of a pulley.
  • transitive v. To gather and bind into a sheaf or sheaves; hence, to collect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring together into sheaves; collect into a sheaf or into sheaves.
  • n. A slice, as of bread; a cut.
  • n. A grooved wheel in a block, mast, yard, etc., on which a rope works; the wheel of a pulley; a shiver. See cut under block.
  • n. A sliding scutcheon for covering a keyhole.
  • n. The grooved wheel or disk on which a sliding door is carried upon a rail or track.
  • n. The disk or wheel over which a window-rope or -chain passes to the sash-weight.
  • n. The circular disk or body of an eccentric such as is used to operate the valves of steam-engines.


From sheaf.
Middle English sheve; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to German Scheibe, late Old Norse skífa ("slice"). For more see shive. (Wiktionary)
See sheaf. (Wiktionary)


  • One could generate far more energy by never walking down stairs; instead of walking down stairs, one would have a rope attached to a sheave, which is attached to an armature, which would act as brake to slow descent when one would ride down the rope to lower levels.

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  • The front trolley-wheel, loose from long wear, had jumped the cable, and the cable was now jammed tightly between the wheel and the sheave-block.

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  • And what little there was, — the slapping of a few reef-points and the creaking of a sheave in a block or two, — was ghostly under the hollow echoing pall in which we were swathed.

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  • Each slender sheave of light is bound at the base for an elegant effect that emits a shower of warm light.

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  • One of these ends will be passed over a very big pulley or sheave at the bows, passed six times round a big barrel or drum; which will be turned round by a steam engine on deck, and thus wind up the cable, while the Elba slowly steams ahead.

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  • He rove the halyard through the hole and over the greased sheave.

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  • For the past few days its sheave—the wooden wheel over which the rope passed—had stuck, the first sign when a block starts to deform.

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  • He got to the top and found the problem: the wooden pin on which the sheave turned had bent, jamming the flanges sideways in the groove.

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  • The belly straightened in the lines, the sheave wheels squealed, and the timber grating slid ponderously down the bank into the river.

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  • Only because of its width it gets the form of a very flat cylinder, a sheave.

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