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[sheev] /ʃiv/
verb (used with object), sheaved, sheaving.
to gather, collect, or bind into a sheaf or sheaves.
Origin of sheave1
1570-80; derivative of sheaf


[shiv, sheev] /ʃɪv, ʃiv/
a pulley for hoisting or hauling, having a grooved rim for retaining a wire rope.
a wheel with a grooved rim, for transmitting force to a cable or belt.
1300-50; Middle English schive; akin to Dutch schijf sheave, German Scheibe disk Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sheave
  • Drawings showing all sheave arrangements including type of liner to be used.
  • The sheave must be configured such that as the line deploys, the sheave reading decreases.
  • The sheave reading is checked to be sure that it again reads zero as the net rim clears the water surface.
  • If the clutch sheave fails, broken pieces could strike consumers, causing lacerations or bruises.
  • The head sheave from an old belt drive makes an excellent roller.
  • The hoisting machine will have a traction sheave and a motor brake.
  • The diver was being lowered into the water when a sheave on a hoisting boom failed.
  • Replace bearings inspect sheave pin for wear or damage.
  • The upper sheave of the lower block on the port vang guy was rusty and frozen so that it could not turn.
  • This sheave was attached to the input shaft of the transmission.
British Dictionary definitions for sheave


(transitive) to gather or bind into sheaves


a wheel with a grooved rim, esp one used as a pulley
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scība disc
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Word Origin and History for sheave

"to gather up in sheaves," 1570s; see sheaf. Related: Sheaved; sheaving. Earlier verb in this sense was simply sheaf (c.1500).


"grooved wheel to receive a cord, pulley" (mid-14c.), also "slice of bread" (late 14c.), related to shive (n.).

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