Definition of sheet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːt//
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    on bed
  1. 1  a large piece of thin cloth used on a bed to lie on or lie under Have you changed the sheets (= put clean sheets on the bed)? He slid between the sheets and closed his eyes. see also dust sheet
  2. of paper
  3. 2  a piece of paper for writing or printing on, etc. usually in a standard size a clean/blank sheet of paper (= with no writing on it) Start each answer on a fresh sheet. Pick up one of our free information sheets at reception. a sheet of A4 see also freesheet
  4. flat thin piece
  5. 3  a flat thin piece of any material, normally square or rectangular a sheet of glass/steel sheet metal (= metal that has been made into thin sheets) Place the dough on a baking sheet (= for cooking something in an oven). See related entries: Manufacturing, Materials and properties
  6. wide flat area
  7. 4  a wide flat area of something, covering the surface of something else The road was covered with a sheet of ice.
  8. of fire/water
  9. 5a large moving mass of fire or water a sheet of flame The rain was coming down in sheets (= very heavily).
  10. on sail
  11. 6(specialist) a rope or chain fastened to the lower corner of a sail to hold it and to control the angle of the sail
  12. There are other compounds ending sheet. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 Old English scēte, scīete, of Germanic origin; related to the verb shoot in its primary sense ‘to project’.noun sense 6 Old English scēata ‘lower corner of a sail’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skauti ‘kerchief’.Extra examples A wall of sheet rock was placed down the middle. Could you put some fresh sheets on the bed? He grabbed a blank sheet of paper and began to write. He threw back the sheets and rolled out of bed. I need cheat sheets to help me cram for my exam. I pulled the sheet up over my nose. I sent for the free fact sheet on the disease. I simply wrapped the sheet around her. I slipped under the sheets and was asleep in an instant. I threw a sheet over the sofa. She changed the sheets on all the beds. She had slept in her bed—the sheets were crumpled. She lay between the cool sheets. She tore a sheet out of her notebook. Sheets of flame shot into the air. Take a clean sheet of paper and start again. The advertisement was a single printed sheet. The furniture was covered in dust sheets. The police had covered the body with a sheet. The sky was lit up by great flashes of sheet lightning. a fax cover sheet a pile of clean sheets a sheet of blotting paper a sheet of glass/​plastic/​metal sheet metal workers sheets hung on a line the Antarctic ice sheet Decision makers do not have a blank sheet upon which they can inscribe their own policy proposals. Most of the surface is covered by a sheet of clay. Sheets of lava poured out. The front wheels slid sideways on a sheet of ice.Idioms a record of your work or behaviour that does not show any mistakes or bad things that you have done No government operates with a completely clean sheet. They kept a clean sheet in the match (= no goals were scored against them).
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