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sheave 1

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verb

Another term for sheaf (verb).
Example sentences
  • But sheaving to carry out particular tasks was a conventional task that those operating these sort of vessels had to approach?
  • But like the quest for the Holy Grail, SEO is also sheaved in myth and misinformation.
  • The cultures of the past recorded their reflections of daily life, whether they were figures of Pharaohs strutting across a wall of hieroglyphics or scenes of Russian peasant women sheaving wheat.

Origin

Late 16th century: from sheaves.

Words that rhyme with sheave

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sheave 2 Line breaks: sheave

noun

A wheel with a groove for a rope to run on, as in a pulley block.
Example sentences
  • The notched wheel shape that is used in a pulley is actually called a sheave, which is more what I meant.
  • He replaced the sheaves and pulleys with a direct coupling.
  • A heavier line and finally a steel rope then followed, a wooden box was slung on two steel sheaves from the steel rope and pulled by a steel wire from both ends and a windless operated by an African.

Origin

Middle English: from a Germanic base meaning 'wheel, pulley'.

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