Meaning of SHEET in English


Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English shete, from Old English sc ē ata lower corner of a sail; akin to Old English scy ̄ te sheet

Date: 13th century

1 : a rope or chain that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

2 plural : the spaces at either end of an open boat not occupied by thwarts : foresheets and stern sheets together

– three sheets in the wind or three sheets to the wind : DRUNK 1A

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.