Meaning of SHEET in English
sheet S1 W2 /ʃiːt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: scyte ]
1 . FOR A BED a large piece of thin cloth that you put on a bed to lie on or lie under ⇨ blanket , duvet :
I’ll go and find you some clean sheets and blankets.
white cotton sheets
change the sheets (=put clean sheets on a bed)
2 . PAPER a piece of paper for writing on, or containing information
a sheet of paper with names and numbers on it
clean/blank sheet of paper (=one with no writing on it)
3 . THIN FLAT PIECE a thin flat piece of something such as metal or glass, that usually has four sides
a sheet of glass
⇨ ↑ sheet metal
4 . LARGE FLAT AREA a large flat area of something such as ice or water spread over a surface
A sheet of ice covered the lake.
5 . OF RAIN/FIRE a sheet of rain or fire is a very large moving mass of it
Sheets of flame shot into the air.
The rain was coming down in sheets.
6 . ON A SHIP technical a rope or chain attached to a sail on a ship that controls the angle between a sail and the wind
⇨ ↑ baking sheet , ↑ balance sheet , ↑ cookie sheet , ↑ rap sheet , ↑ time sheet , ⇨ as white as a sheet at ↑ white 1 (3), ⇨ clean sheet at ↑ clean 1 (9)
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▪ piece an amount of something that has been cut or separated from the main part:
Could I have another piece of cake?
a piece of broken glass
Emma cut the pie into eight pieces.
▪ bit a piece. Bit is more informal than piece and is often used about smaller pieces:
The notes were written on bits of paper.
He threw a bit of wood onto the fire.
▪ lump a small piece of something solid or firm that does not have a regular shape:
two lumps of sugar
a lump of coal
a lump of clay
▪ scrap a small piece of paper, cloth etc that is no longer needed:
I wrote the phone number on a scrap of paper.
The dog was eating scraps of food off the floor.
▪ strip a long narrow piece of cloth, paper etc:
a strip of cloth
The leather had been cut into strips.
▪ sheet a thin flat piece of something such as paper, glass, or metal:
a blank sheet of paper
a sheet of aluminium
▪ slice a thin flat piece of bread, cake, meat etc cut from a larger piece:
a slice of pizza
Cut the tomatoes into thin slices.
▪ chunk a piece of something solid that does not have a regular shape – used especially about food, rock, or metal:
The fruit was cut into large chunks.
a chunk of bread
▪ hunk a large piece with rough edges, which has been cut or has broken off a bigger piece of food, rock etc:
a big hunk of cheese
hunks of concrete
▪ block a piece of something solid, which has straight sides:
a block of cheese
a block of ice
▪ slab a thick flat piece of stone, or of cake, meat etc:
The floor had been made from stone slabs.
a slab of beef
▪ cube a piece that has six square sides – used especially about food:
a cube of sugar
▪ wedge a piece that has a thick end and a pointed end, and is shaped like a ↑ triangle – used especially about food and metal:
a wedge of cheese
▪ bar a block of soap, chocolate, candy, or metal, which has straight sides:
a chocolate bar
a bar of soap
gold bars worth more than £26 million
▪ rasher British English a slice of bacon:
I usually have two rashers of bacon for breakfast.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012