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sheaf

[sheef] /ʃif/
noun, plural sheaves.
1.
one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.
2.
any bundle, cluster, or collection:
a sheaf of papers.
verb (used with object)
3.
to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English shefe (noun), Old English schēaf; cognate with Dutch schoof sheaf, German Schaub wisp of straw, Old Norse skauf tail of a fox
Related forms
sheaflike, adjective

sheave2

[shiv, sheev] /ʃɪv, ʃiv/
noun
1.
a pulley for hoisting or hauling, having a grooved rim for retaining a wire rope.
2.
a wheel with a grooved rim, for transmitting force to a cable or belt.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English schive; akin to Dutch schijf sheave, German Scheibe disk
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British Dictionary definitions for sheaves'

sheaf

/ʃiːf/
noun (pl) sheaves (ʃiːvz)
1.
a bundle of reaped but unthreshed corn tied with one or two bonds
2.
a bundle of objects tied together
3.
the arrows contained in a quiver
verb
4.
(transitive) to bind or tie into a sheaf
Word Origin
Old English sceaf, related to Old High German skoub sheaf, Old Norse skauf tail, Gothic skuft tuft of hair

sheave1

/ʃiːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to gather or bind into sheaves

sheave2

/ʃiːv/
noun
1.
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 sheaves'
sheaf
O.E. sceaf "sheaf of corn," from P.Gmc. *skaubaz (cf. M.Du. scoof, O.H.G. scoub, Ger. Schaub "sheaf;" O.N. skauf "fox's tail;" Goth. skuft "hair on the head," Ger. Schopf "tuft"). Also used in M.E. for "two dozen arrows."
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