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

  • n. A sheet for wrapping a corpse; a shroud.


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  • Finally, the huge gold coach carrying plaster models of Christ in a real damp fluttering winding-sheet and his disciples.

    Wind and heavy rain greet Britons who headed for Spanish sun at Easter

  • A black sky rested on these dead streets, as though an immense winding-sheet were being outspread over this immense tomb.

    Les Miserables

  • 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.

    Les Miserables

  • 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.

    Les Miserables

  • 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.

    Les Miserables

  • But — faugh! — this moral linen of yours smells tainted, just like a winding-sheet.

    Pillars of Society

  • 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.

    Turin Shroud Update

  • 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

    Two Poets

  • 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.

    La Grenadiere

  • Ere the worm pierce your winding-sheet, ere the spider

    The White Devil


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