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Definition: A sheet in the wind
, n. [OE. shete, schete, AS. sc[=e]te, sc[=y]te,
fr. sce['a]t 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.
sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See Shoot
, v. t.]
In general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper,
cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an
expanded superficies. Specifically:
(a) 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.
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.
If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me
In one of those same sheets. --Shak.
(b) A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded,
whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a
letter; a newspaper, etc.
(c) A single signature of a book or a pamphlet; in pl., the
To this the following sheets are intended for a
full and distinct answer. --Waterland.
(d) A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other
substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like;
a plate; a leaf.
(e) A broad expanse of water, or the like. “The two
beautiful sheets of water.”
(f) A sail. --Dryden.
(g) (Geol.) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded
between, or overlying, other strata.
2. [AS. sce['a]ta. See the Etymology above.] (Naut.)
(a) 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.
(b) pl. The space in the forward or the after part of a
boat where there are no rowers; as, fore sheets; stern
Note: Sheet is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
denote that the substance to the name of which it is
prefixed is in the form of sheets, or thin plates or
leaves; as, sheet brass, or sheet-brass; sheet glass,
or sheet-glass; sheet gold, or sheet-gold; sheet iron,
or sheet-iron, etc.
A sheet in the wind
, half drunk. [Sailors' Slang]
Both sheets in the wind
, very drunk. [Sailors' Slang]
, lying flat or expanded; not folded, or folded
but not bound; -- said especially of printed sheets.
(Naut.), a bend or hitch used for temporarily
fastening a rope to the bight of another rope or to an
, Sheet piling
, etc. See under