sheaf

play
noun \ˈshēf\

Definition of sheaf

plural

sheaves

play \ˈshēvz\
  1. 1 :  a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together

  2. 2 :  something resembling a sheaf of grain <a sheaf of papers>

  3. 3 :  a large amount or number

sheaflike

play \ˈshēf-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of sheaf in a sentence

  1. <contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state>

Origin and Etymology of sheaf

Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf; akin to Old High German scoub sheaf, Russian chub forelock


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


SHEAF Defined for English Language Learners

sheaf

play
noun \ˈshēf\

Definition of sheaf for English Language Learners

  • : a bunch of stalks and ears of grain that are tied together after being cut

  • : a group of things fastened together


SHEAF Defined for Kids

sheaf

play
noun \ˈshēf\

Definition of sheaf for Students

plural

sheaves

\ˈshēvz\
  1. 1 :  a bundle of stalks and ears of grain

  2. 2 :  a group of things fastened together <a sheaf of papers>



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