sheet

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noun (1)

1
a
: a broad piece of cloth
especially : bedsheet
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 adjective

sheet

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adjective

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

sheet

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verb (1)

sheeted; sheeting; sheets

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

sheet

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noun (2)

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

sheet

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verb (2)

sheeted; sheeting; sheets

transitive verb

: to move or set (a sail) by manipulation of a sheet
Phrases
three sheets in the wind or three sheets to the wind sheet home
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

Examples of sheet in a Sentence

Noun (1) from the bow of our ship all we could see was an impenetrable sheet of fog Verb (1) dust sheeted the floors of the old, abandoned house
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheet was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheet. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sheet

1 of 3 noun
1
: a broad piece of cloth (as an article of bedding used next to the body)
2
a
: a usually rectangular piece of paper
b
: an unbound page of a book
usually used in plural
c
: a newspaper, magazine, 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 : pane sense 2
3
: a broad surface of something
a sheet of ice
4
: a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and width
a sheet of iron
sheetlike adjective

sheet

2 of 3 verb
: to cover with a sheet : shroud

sheet

3 of 3 noun
: a rope or chain that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
Etymology

Noun

Old English scēte, scīete "broad piece of cloth, sheet"

Noun

Old English scēata "lower corner of a sail"

Medical Definition

sheet

noun
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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