What does sheet mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sheet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheetnoun

    any broad thin expanse or surface

    "a sheet of ice"

  2. sheet, piece of paper, sheet of papernoun

    paper used for writing or printing

  3. sheet, bed sheetnoun

    bed linen consisting of a large rectangular piece of cotton or linen cloth; used in pairs

  4. plane, sheetnoun

    (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"

  5. tabloid, rag, sheetnoun

    newspaper with half-size pages

  6. sheet, flat solidnoun

    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width

  7. sheet, tack, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroudnoun

    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

  8. sail, canvas, canvass, sheetverb

    a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

  9. sheetverb

    come down as if in sheets

    "The rain was sheeting down during the monsoon"

  10. sheetverb

    cover with a sheet, as if by wrapping

    "sheet the body"


  1. sheetnoun

    A thin bed cloth used as a covering for a mattress or as a layer over the sleeper.

  2. sheetnoun

    A piece of paper, usually rectangular, that has been prepared for writing, artwork, drafting, wrapping, manufacture of packaging (boxes, envelopes, etc.), and for other uses. The word does not include scraps and irregular small pieces destined to be recycled, used for stuffing or cushioning or paper mache, etc.

  3. sheetnoun

    A flat metal pan, often without raised edge, used for baking.

  4. sheetnoun

    A thin, flat layer of solid material.

  5. sheetnoun

    A broad, flat expanse of a material on a surface.

  6. sheetnoun

    A line (rope) used to adjust the trim of a sail.

  7. sheetnoun

    A sail.

  8. sheetnoun

    The area of ice on which the game of curling is played.

  9. sheetnoun

    A layer of veneer.

  10. sheetverb

    To cover or wrap with cloth, or paper, or other similar material

    Remember to sheet the floor before you start painting.

  11. sheetverb

    Of rain, or other precipitation. To pour heavily.

    We couldn't go out because the rain was sheeting down all day long.

  12. sheetnoun

    Precipitation of such quantity and force as to resemble a thin, virtually solid wall.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sheetnoun

    Etymology: sceat , Saxon.

    He saw heaven opened, and a vessel descending unto him, as a great sheet, knit at the four corners. Acts x. 11.

    If I die before thee, shroud me
    In one of these same sheets. William Shakespeare.

    You think none but your sheets are privy to your wishes. Sha.

    Some unequal bride in nobler sheets
    Receives her lord. Dryden.

    The little word behind the back, and undoing whisper, like pulling off a sheet-rope at sea, slackens the sail. John Suckling.

    Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails,
    And rent the sheets. Dryden.

    As much love in rhime,
    As could be cramm’d up in a sheet of paper,
    Writ on both sides the leaf, margin and all. William Shakespeare.

    When I first put pen to paper, I though all I should have to say would have been contained in one sheet of paper. John Locke.

    I let the refracted light fall perpendicularly upon a sheet of white paper upon the opposite wall. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder
    I never remember to have heard. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Rowling thunder roars,
    And sheets of lightning blast the standing field. Dryden.

    An azure sheet it rushes broad,
    And from the loud resounding rocks below,
    Dash’d in a cloud of foam. James Thomson.

  2. To Sheetverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Like the stag when snow the pasture sheets,
    The barks of trees thou browsed’st. William Shakespeare.


  1. sheet

    A sheet is a broad, flat, thin piece of material such as metal, glass, paper, or fabric. It can be used for a variety of purposes depending on its make. For example, fabric sheets can be used for bedding or curtains, while metal sheets can be used in construction. In the context of documents, a sheet is also often used to refer to a single page. In reference to software applications such as Microsoft Excel, a sheet refers to a workspace for entering and manipulating data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheetverb

    in general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper, cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an expanded superficies

  2. Sheetverb

    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

  3. Sheetverb

    a broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded, whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a letter; a newspaper, etc

  4. Sheetverb

    a single signature of a book or a pamphlet;

  5. Sheetverb

    the book itself

  6. Sheetverb

    a broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like; a plate; a leaf

  7. Sheetverb

    a broad expanse of water, or the like

  8. Sheetverb

    a sail

  9. Sheetverb

    an extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata

  10. Sheetverb

    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

  11. Sheetverb

    the space in the forward or the after part of a boat where there are no rowers; as, fore sheets; stern sheets

  12. Sheetverb

    to furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet

  13. Sheetverb

    to expand, as a sheet

  14. Etymology: [OE. shete, schete, AS. scte, scte, fr. scet 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. scetan to shoot. 159. See Shoot, v. t.]


  1. Sheet

    In sailing, a sheet is a line used to control the movable corner of a sail.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheet

    shēt, n. a large, thin piece of anything: a large, broad piece of cloth in a bed: a large, broad piece of paper: a sail: the rope fastened to the leeward corner of a sail to extend it to the wind.—v.t. to cover with, or as with, a sheet: to furnish with sheets: to form into sheets.—ns. Sheet′-copp′er, -ī′ron, -lead, -met′al, copper, iron, lead, metal in thin sheets.—adj. Sheet′ed, with a white band or belt.—ns. Sheet′-glass, a kind of crown-glass made at first in the form of a cylinder, cut longitudinally, and opened out into a sheet; Sheet′ing, cloth used for bed-sheets: the process of forming into sheets; Sheet′-light′ning, lightning appearing in sheets or having a broad appearance; Sheet′-work, press-work.—A sheet (or Three sheets) in the wind, fuddled, tipsy; In sheets (print.), not folded, or folded but not bound. [A.S. scéte, scýte, a sheet—sceótan (pa.t. sceát), to shoot, project.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sheet

    A rope or chain fastened to one or both the lower corners of a sail, to extend and retain the clue down to its place. When a ship sails with a side wind, the lower corners of the main and fore sails are fastened by a tack and a sheet, the former being to windward, and the latter to leeward; the tack is, however, only disused with a stern wind, whereas the sail is never spread without the assistance of one or both of the sheets; the staysails and studding-sails have only one tack and one sheet each; the staysail-tacks are fastened forward, and the sheets drawn aft; but the studding-sail tacks draw to the extremity of the boom, while the sheet is employed to extend the inner corner.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2682

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1321

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheet' in Nouns Frequency: #717

Anagrams for sheet »

  1. seeth

  2. thees

  3. these

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sheet in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Abate:

    The fact that balances in these programs are swelling is an indication that money funds, non-U.S. official institutions, and the government state enterprises are struggling to find assets with returns above 0%, and as their cash holdings increase, they have few investment alternatives outside the Fed’s balance sheet.

  2. Michael Barr:

    The bank waited too long to address its problems and, ironically, the overdue actions it finally took to strengthen its balance sheet sparked the uninsured depositor run that led to the bank’s failure.

  3. Bob Slaughter:

    Old sheet music back in the 1930s and 1940s used to have a notation printed across the top, it would say ‘vamp til ready.’.

  4. Matt Davis:

    To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping ... it was a real life scene of 'The Shining,'.

  5. Hannah Baxter:

    I’m also not a fan of single-use beauty products, even though a sheet mask is such a dream for your skin, so I've started looking for products that can be used indefinitely, dieux Skin's reusable eye masks are genius — you just apply your favorite eye serum, pop them on, go about your day for the next 20 to 30 minutes, then peel them off, rinse and place them back in their case for your next at-home spa day. I feel so much better knowing that I'm not contributing excess waste to the planet for the sake of my undereyes.

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