Sheet meaning

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A broad rectangular piece of fabric serving as a basic article of bedding.
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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.

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A broad, flat, continuous surface or expanse.

A sheet of ice.

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Sheet is defined as to cover with or give a covering.

An example of sheet is to make a bed.

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A moving expanse.

A sheet of flames.

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A newspaper, especially a tabloid.
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(geology) A broad, relatively thin deposit or layer of igneous or sedimentary rock.
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A large block of stamps printed by a single impression of a plate before the individual stamps have been separated.
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(mathematics) A surface of revolution generated by revolving a hyperbola about one of its two symmetric axes.
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To cover with, wrap in, or provide with a sheet.
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To make into sheets.
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To flow or fall in a sheet.

Rain sheeting against the windshield.

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Being in the form of a sheet.

Sheet aluminum.

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A rope or chain attached to one or both of the lower corners of a sail, serving to move or extend it.
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The spaces at either end of an open boat in front of and behind the seats.
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To extend in a certain direction. Used of the sheets of a sail.
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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.
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A broad, continuous surface, layer, or expanse, as of flame, water, ice, etc.
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A broad, thin, usually rectangular piece of any material, as glass, plywood, metal, etc.
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A flat baking pan.

A cookie sheet.

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(old poet.) A sail.
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(geol.) Any layer or deposit of rock, gravel, soil, ice, etc. that is broad in extent and comparatively thin.
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To cover or provide with, or form into, a sheet or sheets.
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In the form of a sheet.

Sheet iron.

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A rope or chain attached to a lower corner of a sail: it is shortened or slackened to control the set of the sail.
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The spaces not occupied by thwarts, or cross seats, at the bow and stern of an open boat.
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A thin bed cloth used as a covering for a mattress or as a layer over the sleeper.
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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.
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A flat metal pan, often without raised edge, used for baking.
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A thin, flat layer of solid material.
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A broad, flat expanse of a material on a surface.
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(nautical) A line (rope) used to adjust the trim of a sail.
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(nautical, nonstandard) A sail.

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(curling) The area of ice on which the game of curling is played.
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(nonstandard) A layer of veneer.
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(figuratively) Precipitation of such quantity and force as to resemble a thin, virtually solid wall.
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(geology) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata.
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(nautical) The space in the forward or after part of a boat where there are no rowers.

Fore sheets; stern sheets.

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To cover or wrap with cloth, or paper, or other similar material.

Remember to sheet the floor before you start painting.

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Of rain, or other precipitation. To pour heavily.

We couldn't go out because the rain was sheeting down all day long.

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(nautical) To trim a sail using a sheet.
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Sheet means a flat, rectangular shape.

An example of sheet used as an adjective is in the phrase "sheet cake."

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(informal) three sheets to
  • Intoxicated; drunk.
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sheet home
  • to tighten the sheets of (a square sail) until it is set as flat as possible
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three sheets in the wind
  • very drunk
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

three sheets to
sheet home

Origin of sheet

  • Middle English shete from Old English scēat(line) sheet (line) from scēata corner of a sail skeud- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English schete cloth from Old English scēte skeud- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English schete; partly from Old English scÄ“te, scȳte, 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 Schoß (“the fold of a garment, lap"), Swedish sköt (“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").

    From Wiktionary