noun (1)
\ ˈshīv How to pronounce shive (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of shive

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : slice
2a : a thin wooden bung for casks
b : a thin flat cork for stopping a wide-mouthed bottle


noun (2)
\ ˈshiv How to pronounce shive (audio) , ˈshīv \
plural -s

Definition of shive (Entry 2 of 3)

: a small fragment of plant matter: such as
a : a splinter of the woody part of flax removed in breaking
b : a piece of the outside of a cornstalk
c : a small bundle of fibers not completely separated during the preparation of pulp in papermaking
d : a plant fragment remaining in scoured wool


\ ˈshiv How to pronounce shive (audio) \

Definition of shive (Entry 3 of 3)

Scottish variant of

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History and Etymology for shive

Noun (1)

Middle English sheve, shive sheave, slice

Noun (2)

Middle English schyfe, schyffe; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch schēve shive, Middle High German schebe shive, Old English scēadan to divide, separate

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“Shive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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