sheaf

noun
\ ˈshēf How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \
plural sheaves\ ˈshēvz How to pronounce sheaves (audio) \

Definition of sheaf

1 : a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
2 : something resembling a sheaf of grain a sheaf of papers
3 : a large amount or number

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Other Words from sheaf

sheaflike \ ˈshēf-​ˌlīk How to pronounce sheaflike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sheaf in a Sentence

contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state

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Dean Lushman, a former Canadian infantryman who had become an instructor with the ranger program, hauled out a sheaf of brownish paper targets, stapled them to sticks, and planted half a dozen in the snow outside our camp. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 Once Muntz’s team was finished, the operating system was assembled on a mainframe, then printed out as a sheaf of instructions, which were brought to a nearby facility managed by the defense contractor Raytheon. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 The trio blasted through the scherzo, a quintessential Ivesian clangor that mashes together a whole sheaf of folk tunes and hymns. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "JCT Trio stuns in Rockport with superb Ives and Dvorák," 3 July 2019 Chanel signatures such as the camellia and sheaves of wheat (a good luck talisman) are sprinkled throughout, with gems often rendered in the fairly obscure, vaulted ogive cut. Vogue, "Chanel’s New High Jewelry Collection Is an Ode to Coco’s Liaison With Russia’s Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich," 27 June 2019 Then, as the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service began issuing sheaves of guidance and new regulations to implement the tax law, companies calculated—and sometimes recalculated—the impact on their financial statements. Theo Francis, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: What Investors Need to Know," 15 Feb. 2019 The show leaped out of a book: Chantal Thomas’s set placed the action on sheaves of paper, and projections created by 59 Productions ranged from blood stains to old engravings of jungles. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Staging Reimagined Stories in New Mexico," 6 Aug. 2018 Microsoft Sticky Notes are no longer just separate entities, but can actually live together in a sheaf of virtual notes that are both searchable and live in the cloud. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 Judging from the sheaf of letters and cards that Rev. Pierre Vignon is clutching in his soft, plump hands, his uprising has divided churchgoers. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sheaf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sheaf

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

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The first known use of sheaf was before the 12th century

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sheaf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sheaf

: a bunch of stalks and ears of grain that are tied together after being cut
: a group of things fastened together

sheaf

noun
\ ˈshēf How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \
plural sheaves\ ˈshēvz \

Kids Definition of sheaf

1 : a bundle of stalks and ears of grain
2 : a group of things fastened together a sheaf of papers

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