from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slice, especially of bread.
  • n. A sheave.
  • n. A beam or plank of split wood.
  • n. A flat, wide cork for plugging a large hole.
  • n. A splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
  • n. A particle of impurity in finished paper.
  • n. A knife.
  • n. Alternative spelling of shiva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slice.
  • n. A thin piece or fragment; specifically, one of the scales or pieces of the woody part of flax removed by the operation of breaking.
  • n. A thin, flat cork used for stopping a wide-mouthed bottle; also, a thin wooden bung for casks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin piece cut off; a slice: as, a shive of bread.
  • n. A splinter: same as shiver, 2.
  • n. A cork stopper large in diameter in proportion to its length, as the flat cork of a jar or wide-mouthed bottle.
  • n. A small iron wedge for fastening the bolt of a window-shutter.
  • n. A fragment of the rind or outer bark of flax, hemp, etc.


From a Proto-Germanic base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with German Schebe, Dutch scheef. (Wiktionary)
Variant of chiv, from Romani chiv, chive. (Wiktionary)
See shiva (Wiktionary)



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  • To slice or cut, in Nadsat

    January 7, 2009