sheaf definition by Webster's New World
- a bunch of cut stalks of grain, etc. bound up in a bundle
- a collection of things gathered together; bundle, as of papers
Origin: Middle English schefe ; from Old English sceaf, akin to German schaub ; from Indo-European base an unverified form skeup-, an unverified form skeubh-, a bundle, clump from source shop
sheaf definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sheaves sheaves
- A bundle of cut stalks of grain or similar plants bound with straw or twine.
- A collection of items held or bound together: a sheaf of printouts.
- An archer's quiver.
Origin: Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf.