Definitions

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  • 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.

Etymologies

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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.

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Variant of chiv, from Romani chiv, chive.

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See shiva

Examples

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  • To slice or cut, in Nadsat

    January 7, 2009