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sheet

noun \ ˈshēt \

Definition of sheet

1 a :a broad piece of cloth; especially :bedsheet
b :sail 1a(1)
2 a (1) :a usually rectangular piece of paper; especially :one manufactured for printing
(2) :a rectangular piece of heavy paper with a plant specimen mounted on it
  • an herbarium of 100,000 sheets
b :a printed signature for a book especially before it has been folded, cut, or bound usually used in plural
c :a newspaper, periodical, or occasional publication
  • a gossip sheet
d :the unseparated postage stamps printed by one impression of a plate on a single piece of paper; also :a pane of stamps
3 :a broad stretch or surface of something
  • a sheet of ice
4 :a suspended or moving expanse (as of fire or rain)
5 a :a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and breadth
b :a flat baking pan of tinned metal
  • a cookie sheet
6 :a surface or part of a surface in which it is possible to pass from any one point of it to any other without leaving the surface
  • a hyperboloid of two sheets

sheetlike

play \ˈshēt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of sheet

Middle English shete, from Old English scēte, scīete; akin to Old English scēat edge, Old High German scōz flap, skirt


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sheet

adjective

Definition of sheet

1 :rolled or spread out in a sheet
2 :of, relating to, or concerned with the making of sheet metal

First Known Use of sheet

1582


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sheet

verb

Definition of sheet

transitive verb
1 :to cover with a sheet
  • floors sheeted with dust
2 :to furnish with sheets
3 :to form into sheets
intransitive verb
:to fall, spread, or flow in a sheet
  • the rain sheeted against the windows

sheeter

noun

First Known Use of sheet

1606


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sheet

noun

Definition of sheet

1 :a rope or chain that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
2 sheets plural :the spaces at either end of an open boat not occupied by thwarts :foresheets and stern sheets together
three sheets in the wind or three sheets to the wind
:drunk 1a

Origin and Etymology of sheet

Middle English shete, from Old English scēata lower corner of a sail; akin to Old English scȳte sheet


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sheet

verb

Definition of sheet

:to move or set (a sail) by manipulation of a sheet
sheet home
transitive verb
1 :to extend (a sail) and set as flat as possible by hauling upon the sheets
2 :to fix the responsibility for :bring home to one

First Known Use of sheet

1925



SHEET Defined for Kids

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sheet

noun \ ˈshēt \

Definition of sheet for Students

1 :a large piece of cloth used to cover something and especially to cover a bed
2 :a usually rectangular piece of paper
3 :a broad continuous surface
  • a sheet of ice
4 :something that is very thin as compared with its length and width
  • a sheet of iron

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sheet

noun

Definition of sheet for Students

:a rope or chain used to adjust the angle at which the sail of a boat is set to catch the wind

Medical Dictionary

sheet

noun \ ˈshēt \

medical Definition of sheet

1 :a broad piece of cloth; especially :an oblong of usually cotton or linen cloth used as an article of bedding
2 :a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and breadth
  • a sheet of connective tissue


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