• WordNet 3.6
    • n sheaf a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sheaf 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."
    • n Sheaf (Mech) A sheave.
    • Sheaf 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 twenty-four. "The sheaf of arrows shook and rattled in the case."
    • v. i Sheaf To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves. "They that reap must sheaf and bind."
    • v. t Sheaf To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to sheaf wheat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sheaf A bundle or collection.
    • n sheaf Specifically.
    • n sheaf A quantity of the stalks of wheat, rye, oats, or barley bound together; a bundle of stalks or straw.
    • n sheaf A bundle of twenty-four arrows, the number furnished to an archer and carried by him at one time.
    • n sheaf A bundle of steel containing thirty gads or ingots.
    • n sheaf In geometry, a doubly infinite manifold of curves or surfaces comprising all which fulfil certain general conditions and also pass through certain fixed points; especially, a manifold of points or planes passing through one fixed point.
    • n sheaf Synonyms sheaf, Shock, Stack, Rick. A sheaf is about an armful of the stalks of any small grain, tied at the middle into a bundle; a shock is a pile of sheaves, generally from ten to twelve, standing upright or leaning together, sometimes with two or three laid across the top to turn off rain; a stack or rick is a much larger pile, constructed carefully to stand for some time, and thatched or covered, or so built as to keep out rain. In the United States the word stack is much more common than rick.
    • sheaf To collect and bind; make sheaves of.
    • sheaf To make sheaves.
    • n sheaf Same as sheave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sheaf shēf a quantity of things, esp. the stalks of grain, put together and bound: a bundle of arrows, usually 24 in number: any bundle or collection
    • v.t Sheaf to bind in sheaves
    • v.i Sheaf to make sheaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sheef, shef, schef, AS. sceáf,; akin to D. schoof, OHG. scoub, G. schaub, Icel. skauf, a fox's brush, and E. shove,. See Shove


In literature:

This "magnificent sheaf of carved oak," as it has been called, rises to the height of fifty-seven feet.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
The Ploughman tried a sheaf or two, and answered that it was not dry yet.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
When she was seated, Bush took up a sheaf of letters, and dictated replies.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Before they had been long in the dining-room Macdonald came in carrying a sheaf of business papers.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
In thin grain he has to wait until sufficient has collected to form a sheaf.
"Obed Hussey" by Various
He shoved a sheaf of bills across the desk.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
In his left hand he clutched a sheaf of papers.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
She holds in her right hand a sheaf of wheat, and in her left an olive branch.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Then Felice came with a sheaf of papers.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
They saw that after each sheaf was bound, and each pile of corn was stacked, a little grain fell, unnoticed, to the ground.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various

In poetry:

Take, dear, my little sheaf of songs,
For, old or new,
All that is good in them belongs
Only to you;
"Dedication--To My Wife" by William Ernest Henley
Along the cornfields dances,
Brings bloom upon the sheaf;
From tree to tree she glances,
And touches leaf by leaf;
"Moonrise" by Ernest Jones
It is as if a silence fell
Where bides the garnered sheaf,
And voices murmuring, "It is well,"
Are stifled by our grief.
"To A Dead Friend" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I saw old men at the harvest,
Bending over the sheaf;
Their long, thin fingers shaking,
And gray hairs hiding their grief.
"In Selkirk" by Alexander Anderson
We look not for the Winter, but the Spring,
When we shall glow in beauty from the skies;
Each now his tribute sheaf of praise should bring,
Then hear his Lord's "Well done!" O glorious prize.
"September" by Joseph Horatio Chant
I bring no sheaf of ballads of wars and dead wrongs:
All across the wide world God has taught me my songs, —
Old tunes and unwritten, wrought in far years,
In a strange tongue and tender, with a burden of tears.
"The Piper" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

It's a strange sheaf of documents for Florida's governor to have.
Oct 9, 2012 By Robert J Sheaf, Jr. A gold smelting plant couldn't get the hydraulically operated ladle to tilt and pour molten gold into ingot molds.
" Omer means "sheaf," a bundle of stalks of grain, in this case the wheat that is harvested for Shavuot.
Anne Sheafe Miller, who made medical history as the first patient ever saved by penicillin , died on May 27 in Salisbury, Conn.
Michael Lock poses with a basketball, a sheaf of bills and his fleet of luxury vehicles.
Nov 9, 2012 By Robert J Sheaf, Jr.
LAST SEPTEMBER GARY WIGODSKY, an earnest, sometimes smoldering defense lawyer, arrived on the 15th floor of the Criminal Courts Building downtown with a sheaf of six new cases under his arm.
Pickleball and sheaf toss two new sports in Heritage Fest lineup.
Norristown Farm Park Barley Sheaf Dr & Germantown Pike E Norriton, PA View map.
Sheaf House, Charlotte TN, 2011.
In the small sheaf of pre-camp materials that went to registered campers, we always included information about how to get your trunk to camp if you didn't plan to bring it with you.

In science:

The sheaf π0 (F ) is called the 0-homotopy sheaf of the D-pre-stack F .
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
We will say that the sheaf F is locally constant, if and only if there is a covering family (Xi )i∈I , such that the restriction of F to the category over Xi is a constant sheaf.
Geometric structures on fields
Consider now a locally constant sheaf F defined on C , (Xi )i∈I a locally constant connected topological covering family, such that the restriction of F to Xi is a constant sheaf.
Geometric structures on fields
For each locally constant sheaf F on SC0 , we can define the sheaf F σ defined by F σ (C ) = F (C σ ) The action of σ on Gr(C0 ) induces an automorphism ¯σ on the holonomy groupoid GF of F .
Geometric structures on fields
The determinantal bundle of such a sheaf is defined by the bidual det S = (Vr S )∨∨ , which is an invertible sheaf, and the degree of S is defined by deg(Vr S )∨∨ .
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles