sheave

noun
\ ˈshiv How to pronounce sheave (audio) , ˈshēv\

Definition of sheave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a grooved wheel or pulley (as of a pulley block)

sheave

verb
\ ˈshēv How to pronounce sheave (audio) \
sheaved; sheaving

Definition of sheave (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to gather and bind into a sheaf

First Known Use of sheave

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sheave

Noun

Middle English sheve; akin to Old High German scība disk

Verb

sheaf

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