Definition of shive in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHīv/


A broad plug hammered into a hole in the top of a cask when the cask has been filled.
Example sentences
  • The mayor was taken on a site tour of the operation, by the Brewing Director, where he saw the art of brewing and even tapped bungs into shives.
  • He only scored 98% in the beer competition as he failed to wipe his keystones and shives - but then no one was going to get 100%: it is the best beer in the county!
  • Is there a product we can use to seal up the outer edge of the shives when necessary.


Middle English: related to sheave2. The original sense was 'slice (of bread)', later 'piece of split wood'; the current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

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Syllabification: shive

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