Meaning of SHEAF in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈshēf ]


( plural sheaves ˈshēvz)

Etymology: Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf; akin to Old High German scoub sheaf, Russian chub forelock

Date: before 12th century

1. : a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together

2. : something resembling a sheaf of grain

a sheaf of papers

3. : a large amount or number

won a sheaf of awards

• sheaf·like ˈshēf-ˌlīk adjective

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