Sheet

Definition of Sheet

n.1.In general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper, cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an expanded superficies.
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.
2.A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded, whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a letter; a newspaper, etc.
To this the following sheets are intended for a full and distinct answer.
- Waterland.
2.(Naut.) 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.
A sheet in the wind
half drunk.
Both sheets in the wind
very drunk.
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 eye.
Sheet lightning
etc. See under Lightning, Piling, etc.
3.(Geol.) A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like; a plate; a leaf.
v. t.1.To furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet.
[imp. & p. p. Sheeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sheeting.]
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.

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