SHEET , an expanse or
See also:flat and thin, of various materials; a rope attached to a
See also:sail . These two apparently widely separated meanings are to be explained by the generally received etymology . In O . Eng. there are three words, all from the
See also:root seen in " shoot," to dart, let fly, thrust forward; scete or scyte, a sheet of
See also:cloth, sceat, corner or
See also:fold of a garment, projecting angles, region (e.g.
See also:sees scedt, portion of the
See also:sea, gulf,
See also:bay), and sceata,
See also:foot of a sail, pes veil (
See also:Gloss.) . The
See also:original meaning, according to
See also:Skeat, is "
See also:projection," or that which shoots out, then a corner, especially of a garment or of a cloth; after which it was extended to mean a whole cloth or " sheet." In Icelandic, the cognate word skaut has much the same meanings, including that of a rope attached to a sail . Other cognate forms in Teutonic
See also:languages are Ger . Schoss,
See also:lap, bosom, properly fold of a garment, Dutch school, Icel. skaut, &c . In current
See also:English usage, " sheet "is commonly applied to any flat, thin surface, such as a sheet of paper, a sheet of
See also:metal, or, in a transferred application, to an expanse of
See also:water, ice,
See also:fire, &c . More specifically it is used of a rectangular piece of
See also:linen or
See also:cotton used as that
See also:part of the usual
See also:bed clothes which are next the
See also:body . In nautical usage the
See also:term " sheet " is applied to a rope or chain attached to the
See also:lower corners of a sail for the purpose of extension or
See also:change of direction (see RIGGING) . The connexion in derivation with " shoot " is clearly seen in " sheet-anchor," earlier " shoot-anchor "—one that is kept in reserve, to be " shot " in case of emergency (see ANCHOR) .
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