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

  • n. Plural of sheaf.
  • n. Plural of sheave2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of sheave.
  • n. Plural form of sheaf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of sheaf and of sheave.


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  • Surrounding the eagle, inside the legends, is a nearly concentric partial wreath of grain sheaves, tied at the bottom with a double-looped ribbon.

    Morgan Dollar, 1878-1921 : Coin Guide

  • And all this proven in sheaves of documents and letters which he shook in my face!

    Dominion of Canada Day Luncheon

  • They Report 2800 Sheaves at the last and before 2700 the first cleaning up, the next 2600 in all. 8100 sheaves. which averages about 3 Bushel of wheat to the hundred sheaves which is considered a poor yeald.

    Ferry Hill Plantation journal : January 4, 1838-January 15, 1839,

  • Katherine followed them out upon the veranda, where she stood leaning against the balustrade and watched their forms melt away in the darkness, a thrill of loving gratitude in her heart, for, were they not indeed her "sheaves"?

    Katherine's Sheaves

  • The homeliness of the 'sheaves' is in striking contrast with the grandeur of the 'sun, moon, and stars.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

  • Towards the stern of the boat it is spirally coiled away in the tub, not like the worm-pipe of a still though, but so as to form one round, cheese-shaped mass of densely bedded "sheaves," or layers of concentric spiralizations, without any hollow but the "heart," or minute vertical tube formed at the axis of the cheese.

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • He has sheaves of academic awards and more than a dozen U.S. patents.

    A Roboticist's Trip From Mines to the Moon

  • By the time the questions arrived, a team of Brussels monitors was already ensconced in Rome, burrowing into government accounts and sifting through sheaves of statistics.

    Eurozone crisis: European Union prepares for the 'great leap forward'

  • "Well, first of all, of course, music –" she delves inside and brings out sheaves of pages dense with black notations "– some Wagner, of course, here is Die Meistersinger and also the Wesendonck Lieder which I performed last year at Leipzig, and then a part in a new opera by Strauss –" She is so practical, so humble in fact, bending over, rummaging in the vast leather case.

    Rachel Cusk | Portraits

  • After all, it used to be quite impressive when a charity turned up in Downing Street pushing a wheelbarrow stuffed with sheaves of dog-eared pages that had done the rounds of doorstep, pubs and village newsagents.

    Do we need to be defensive about arts and humanities?


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