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

sheet of

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

sheet of

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

sheet of

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

sheet of

Sheets of flame shot into the air.

in sheets

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:

concrete blocks


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


ice cubes

▪ 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.