- a bunch of cut stalks of grain, etc. bound up in a bundle
- a collection of things gathered together; bundle, as of papers
Origin of sheafMiddle 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
nounpl. 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.
transitive verbsheafed, sheaf·ing, sheafs
Origin of sheafMiddle English sheef, from Old English scēaf.
(plural sheaves or sheafs)
- A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.
- Any collection of things bound together; a bundle.
- a sheaf of paper
- A bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer.
- A quantity of arrows, usually twenty-four.
- (mechanical) A sheave.
- (mathematics) An abstract construct in topology that associates data to the open sets of a topological space, together with well-defined restrictions from larger to smaller open sets, subject to the condition that compatible data on overlapping open sets corresponds, via the restrictions, to a unique datum on the union of the open sets.
(third-person singular simple present sheafs, present participle sheafing, simple past and past participle sheafed)
From Old English sceaf, from Proto-Germanic. Akin to German Schaub, Old Norse skauf (“a fox's tail"). Compare Gothic ðƒðŒºðŒ¿ð†ð„ (skuft, “hair of the head"), German Schopf (“tuft"), Albanian Ã§up (“without tail, maimed").