Definitions for: Sheaf

[n] a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing

Webster (1913) Definition: Sheaf, n. (Mech.)
A sheave. [R.]

Sheaf, n.; pl. Sheaves. [OE. sheef, shef, schef, AS.
sce['a]f; akin to D. schoof, OHG. scoub, G. schaub, Icel.
skauf a fox's brush, and E. shove. See Shove.]
1. A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other
grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.

The reaper fills his greedy hands, And binds the
golden sheaves in brittle bands. --Dryden.

2. Any collection of things bound together; a bundle;
specifically, a bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a
quiver, or the allowance of each archer, -- usually

The sheaf of arrows shook and rattled in the case.

Sheaf, v. t.
To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to
sheaf wheat.

Sheaf, v. i.
To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.

They that reap must sheaf and bind. --Shak.

Synonyms: bundle

See Also: bale, faggot, fagot, pack, package, parcel

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