sheaf n : a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing [syn: bundle] [also: sheaves (pl)]
- A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.
- Any collection of
things bound together; a
- a sheaf of paper
- A bundle of arrows
sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer.
- The sheaf of arrows shook and rattled in the case. -- Dryden.
- (unit) A quantity
of arrows, usually
- (Mechanical) A sheave.
- An abstract construct in topology that associates data to the open sets of a topological space, together with well-defined restrictions from larger to smaller open sets, subject to the condition that compatible data on overlapping open sets corresponds, via the restrictions, to a unique datum on the union of the open sets. W
- (transitive) To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to sheaf wheat.
- (intransitive) To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.
A sheaf is one of the large bundles in which cereal plants are bound after reaping. Accounts of two usages derived from this are found at:
- Sheaf toss (a Scottish sport)
- King Sceaf, the ancient king of English legend
sheaf in Italian: fascio