Definitions for: Sheet

[n] a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
[n] bed linen consisting of a large rectangular piece of cotton or linen cloth; used in pairs
[n] a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
[n] a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
[n] used for writing or printing
[n] newspaper with half-size pages
[n] any broad thin expanse or surface; "a sheet of ice"
[n] (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
[v] cover with a sheet, as if by wrapping; "sheet the body"
[v] come down as if in sheets; "The rain was sheeting down during the monsoon"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sheet, n. [OE. shete, schete, AS. sc[=e]te, sc[=y]te,
fr. sce['a]t a projecting corner, a fold in a garment (akin
to D. schoot sheet, bosom, lap, G. schoss bosom, lap, flap of
a coat, Icel. skaut, Goth. skauts the hem of a garment);
originally, that which shoots out, from the root of AS.
sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See Shoot, v. t.]
In general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper,
cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an
expanded superficies. Specifically:
(a) A broad piece of cloth, usually linen or cotton, used for
wrapping the body or for a covering; especially, one used
as an article of bedding next to the body.

He fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a
certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been
a great sheet knit at the four corners. --Acts x.
10, 11.

If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me In one
of those same sheets. --Shak.
(b) A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded,
whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a
letter; a newspaper, etc.
(c) A single signature of a book or a pamphlet; in pl., the
book itself.

To this the following sheets are intended for a
full and distinct answer. --Waterland.
(d) A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other
substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like;
a plate; a leaf.
(e) A broad expanse of water, or the like. ``The two
beautiful sheets of water.'' --Macaulay.
(f) A sail. --Dryden.
(g) (Geol.) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded
between, or overlying, other strata.

2. [AS. sce['a]ta. See the Etymology above.] (Naut.)
(a) A rope or chain which regulates the angle of
adjustment of a sail in relation in relation to the
wind; -- usually attached to the lower corner of a
sail, or to a yard or a boom.
(b) pl. The space in the forward or the after part of a
boat where there are no rowers; as, fore sheets; stern

Note: Sheet is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
denote that the substance to the name of which it is
prefixed is in the form of sheets, or thin plates or
leaves; as, sheet brass, or sheet-brass; sheet glass,
or sheet-glass; sheet gold, or sheet-gold; sheet iron,
or sheet-iron, etc.

A sheet in the wind, half drunk. [Sailors' Slang]

Both sheets in the wind, very drunk. [Sailors' Slang]

In sheets, lying flat or expanded; not folded, or folded
but not bound; -- said especially of printed sheets.

Sheet bend (Naut.), a bend or hitch used for temporarily
fastening a rope to the bight of another rope or to an

Sheet lightning, Sheet piling, etc. See under
Lightning, Piling, etc.

Sheet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sheeted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover
with, a sheet, or as with a sheet. ``The sheeted dead.''
``When snow the pasture sheets.'' --Shak.

2. To expand, as a sheet.

The star shot flew from the welkin blue, As it fell
from the sheeted sky. --J. R. Drake.

To sheet home (Naut.), to haul upon a sheet until the sail
is as flat, and the clew as near the wind, as possible.

Synonyms: bed sheet, canvas, canvass, flat solid, mainsheet, piece of paper, plane, rag, sail, sheet of paper, shroud, tabloid, tack, weather sheet

See Also: artefact, artifact, balloon sail, bed linen, blackboard, blank, board, chalkboard, contour sheet, cover, crossjack, expanse, facet plane, film, fitted sheet, folio, foolscap, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, form, futtock shroud, headsail, laminate, layer, leaf, line, mainsail, main-topsail, membrane, midline, midplane, mizzen course, newspaper, orbital plane, panel, paper, pelt, photographic plate, picture plane, piece of cloth, piece of material, plastic film, plate, plate glass, pour, press of canvas, press of sail, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, royal, sailing ship, sailing vessel, save-all, shape, sheet glass, sheet metal, ship, signature, skysail, slip, slip of paper, square sail, stream, style sheet, tangent plane, tear sheet, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail, wallboard, worksheet

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