Meaning of SHEET in English

SHEET

/ ʃiːt; NAmE / noun

ON BED

1.

a large piece of thin cloth used on a bed to lie on or lie under :

Have you changed the sheets (= put clean sheets on the bed) ?

He slid between the sheets and closed his eyes.

—picture at bed

—see also dust sheet

OF PAPER

2.

a piece of paper for writing or printing on, etc. usually in a standard size :

a clean / blank sheet of paper (= with no writing on it)

Pick up one of our free information sheets at reception.

FLAT THIN PIECE

3.

a flat thin piece of any material, normally square or rectangular :

a sheet of glass / steel

sheet metal (= metal that has been made into thin sheets)

Place the dough on a baking sheet (= for cooking sth in an oven) .

WIDE FLAT AREA

4.

a wide flat area of sth, covering the surface of sth else :

The road was covered with a sheet of ice.

OF FIRE / WATER

5.

a large moving mass of fire or water :

a sheet of flame

The rain was coming down in sheets (= very heavily) .

ON SAIL

6.

( technical ) a rope or chain fastened to the lower corner of a sail to hold it and to control the angle of the sail

HELP NOTE : There are other compounds ending sheet . You will find them at their place in the alphabet.

IDIOMS

see clean adjective

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 1 to 5 Old English scēte , scīete , of Germanic origin; related to the verb shoot in its primary sense to project .

noun sense 6 Old English scēata lower corner of a sail , of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skauti kerchief.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.