A bed covered with white sheets.
- Sheet means a flat, rectangular shape.
An example of sheet used as an adjective is in the phrase "sheet cake."
- The definition of a sheet is a rectangular piece of fabric covering a mattress, a rectangular piece of paper, or a continuous surface of something.
- An example of a sheet is a flannel covering on a mattress.
- An example of a sheet is a piece of paper on which to draw.
- An example of a sheet is a layer of ice over the sidewalk.
- Sheet is defined as to cover with or give a covering.
An example of sheet is to make a bed.
- a large, rectangular piece of cotton, linen, etc., used to cover a bed, usually in pairs, with one under and one over the sleeper's body
- a rectangular piece of paper, esp. one of a number of pieces cut to a definite, uniform size, as for use in writing, printing, etc.
- a large piece of such paper with a number of pages printed on it, to be folded into a signature for binding into a book: usually used in pl.
- Informal a newspaper: a scandal sheet
- a broad, continuous surface, layer, or expanse, as of flame, water, ice, etc.
- a broad, thin, usually rectangular piece of any material, as glass, plywood, metal, etc.
- a flat baking pan: a cookie sheet
- Old Poet. a sail
- Geol. any layer or deposit of rock, gravel, soil, ice, etc. that is broad in extent and comparatively thin
- the unseparated stamps printed on a piece of paper by a single impression of a plate
- pane (sense )
Origin of sheetMiddle English schete ; from Old English sceat, piece of cloth, lappet, region, akin to German schoss, lap, Old Norse skaut, lappet: for probably Indo-European base see shoot
- a rope or chain attached to a lower corner of a sail: it is shortened or slackened to control the set of the sail
- the spaces not occupied by thwarts, or cross seats, at the bow and stern of an open boat
Origin of sheetMiddle English shete, as if ; from Old English sceata, lower corner of a sail (akin to sheet) but actually short for sceatline, line attached to that part of a sail
three sheets in the wind
Origin of sheetby analogy between the staggering as of a drunken sailor and the erratic motion of a ship whose sails are not controllable because some of their sheets have come loose
- A broad rectangular piece of fabric serving as a basic article of bedding.
- a. A broad, thin, usually rectangular mass or piece of material, such as paper, metal, glass, or plywood.b. A flat or very shallow, usually rectangular pan used for baking.
- A broad, flat, continuous surface or expanse: a sheet of ice.
- A moving expanse: a sheet of flames.
- A newspaper, especially a tabloid.
- Geology A broad, relatively thin deposit or layer of igneous or sedimentary rock.
- A large block of stamps printed by a single impression of a plate before the individual stamps have been separated.
- Mathematics A surface of revolution generated by revolving a hyperbola about one of its two symmetric axes.
verbsheet·ed, sheet·ing, sheets
- To cover with, wrap in, or provide with a sheet.
- To make into sheets.
Origin of sheetMiddle English schete, cloth, from Old English scēte; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
- A rope or chain attached to one or both of the lower corners of a sail, serving to move or extend it.
- sheets The spaces at either end of an open boat in front of and behind the seats.
intransitive verbsheet·ed, sheet·ing, sheets
Origin of sheetMiddle English shete, from Old English scēat(line), sheet (line), from scēata, corner of a sail; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
- A thin bed cloth used as a covering for a mattress or as a layer over the sleeper.
- A piece of paper, usually rectangular, that has been prepared for writing, artwork, drafting, wrapping, manufacture of packaging (boxes, envelopes, etc.), and for other uses. The word does not include scraps and irregular small pieces destined to be recycled, used for stuffing or cushioning or paper mache, etc.
- A flat metal pan, often without raised edge, used for baking.
- A thin, flat layer of solid material.
- A broad, flat expanse of a material on a surface.
- (nautical) A line (rope) used to adjust the trim of a sail.
- (nautical, nonstandard) A sail.
- (curling) The area of ice on which the game of curling is played.
- (nonstandard) A layer of veneer.
- (figuratively) Precipitation of such quantity and force as to resemble a thin, virtually solid wall.
- (geology) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata.
- (nautical) The space in the forward or after part of a boat where there are no rowers.
- fore sheets; stern sheets
(third-person singular simple present sheets, present participle sheeting, simple past and past participle sheeted)
From Middle English schete; partly from Old English scÄ“te, scÈ³te, scÄ«te (“a sheet, a piece of linen cloth"); partly from Old English scÄ“ata (“a corner, angle; the lower corner of a sail, sheet"); and Old English scÄ“at (“a corner, angle"); all from Proto-Germanic *skautijÇ, *skautaz (“corner, wedge, lap"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewd- (“to throw, shoot, pursue, rush"). Cognate with North Frisian skut (“the fold of a garment, lap, coattail"), Dutch schoot (“the fold of a garment, lap, sheet"), German Low German Schote (“a line from the foot of a sail"), German SchoÃŸ (“the fold of a garment, lap"), Swedish skÃ¶t (“sheet"), Icelandic skaut (“the corner of a cloth, a line from the foot of a sail, the skirt or sleeve of a garment, a hood").