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winding sheet

shroud (def 1).
a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.
Origin of winding sheet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With trembling hand he drew the winding-sheet from the face, and gazed on the corpse.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • The mist wrapped them like a winding-sheet, and froze as it fell.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • And wrapped his corpse in winding-sheet of ice, And sung the requiem of his shivering ghost.

    Illogical Geology George McCready Price
  • It was still open; only the winding-sheet covered the whole.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Now it was only a white wall, which reminded him of a winding-sheet.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • The winding-sheet flies open, and reveals the skeleton of Death.

    The Temptation of St. Antony Gustave Flaubert
  • One might think that he beheld the ruins of a world covered, if I may so speak, with a winding-sheet of everlasting snow.

  • In the "out-room" lay the body of William Danforth, shrouded in his winding-sheet.

    Malaeska Ann S. Stephens
  • On investigation, searchers find a corpse in a winding-sheet beneath the indicated spot.

  • Up soon it was, and drawn out and laid upon the table in the winding-sheet.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for winding-sheet

winding sheet

a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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