Meaning of SHEET in English


I. ˈshēt noun

Etymology: Middle English shete, from Old English scēte, scīete; akin to Old English scēat edge, Old High German scōz flap, skirt

Date: before 12th century


a. : a broad piece of cloth ; especially : bedsheet

b. : sail 1a(1)



(1) : a usually rectangular piece of paper ; especially : one manufactured for printing

(2) : a rectangular piece of heavy paper with a plant specimen mounted on it

an herbarium of 100,000 sheet s

b. : a printed signature for a book especially before it has been folded, cut, or bound — usually used in plural

c. : a newspaper, periodical, or occasional publication

a gossip sheet

d. : the unseparated postage stamps printed by one impression of a plate on a single piece of paper ; also : a pane of stamps

3. : a broad stretch or surface of something

a sheet of ice

4. : a suspended or moving expanse (as of fire or rain)


a. : a portion of something that is thin in comparison to its length and breadth

b. : a flat baking pan of tinned metal

a cookie sheet

6. : a surface or part of a surface in which it is possible to pass from any one point of it to any other without leaving the surface

a hyperboloid of two sheet s

• sheet·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. adjective

Date: 1582

1. : rolled or spread out in a sheet

2. : of, relating to, or concerned with the making of sheet metal

III. verb

Date: 1606

transitive verb

1. : to cover with a sheet

floors sheet ed with dust

2. : to furnish with sheets

3. : to form into sheets

intransitive verb

: to fall, spread, or flow in a sheet

the rain sheet ed against the windows

• sheet·er noun

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English shete, from Old English scēata lower corner of a sail; akin to Old English scȳte 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

V. transitive verb

Date: 1925

: to move or set (a sail) by manipulation of a sheet

- sheet home

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