Meaning of SHEAF in English


— sheaflike , adj.

/sheef/ , n. , pl. sheaves , v.


1. one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.

2. any bundle, cluster, or collection: a sheaf of papers.


3. to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.

[ bef. 900; ME shefe (n.), OE scheaf; c. D schoof sheaf, G Schaub wisp of straw, ON skauf tail of a fox ]

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