Sheet, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Sheeted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sheeting.] 1. To furnish with a sheet or
sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet.
"The sheeted dead." "When snow the pasture sheets."
2. To expand, as a sheet.
The star shot flew from the welkin blue, J. R.
As it fell from the sheeted sky.
To sheet home (Naut.), to haul upon a
sheet until the sail is as flat, and the clew as near the wind, as
Sheet (?), n. [OE. shete,
schete, AS. scēte, scȳte, fr.
sceÁt 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.
sceótan to shoot. √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. 10,
If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me Shak.
In one of those same sheets.
(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 book
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." Macaulay. (f) A sail.
Dryden. (g) (Geol.) An extensive
bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other
2. [AS. sceÁta. 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 sheets.
☞ 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-
A sheet in the wind, half drunk.
[Sailors' Slang] -- Both sheets in the wind,
very drunk. [Sailors' Slang] -- 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, Sheet
piling, etc. See under Lightning, Piling,