Definition of sheepfold in English:



  • A sheep pen.

    • ‘Derelict sheepfolds were like empty agricultural rooms.’
    • ‘Mary works mainly in pencil and watercolours and creates linocuts prints - her particular favourites being of old barns and sheepfolds.’
    • ‘They will share with us their wealth in livestock and their knowledge of the sheepfolds and pastures as we will share the bounty of the barley field and vineyards.’
    • ‘The problem was timorous shepherds who failed to protect the flock, and especially the lambs, fearing to confront the wolves admitted to the sheepfold.’
    • ‘No, what is required is something contemporary, a song that at least emerged from the confusion of modern, urban Scotland, that sings of the streets rather than the rivers and sheepfolds.’
    • ‘The notion is that of sheep being gathered into the sheepfold.’
    • ‘In the fourth millennium BC it was divided into two sections by means of a wall, the outer section being used as a sheepfold and the inner as a living area.’
    • ‘The dogs were sympathetic to this proposal, so the wolves, making their way inside the sheepfold, tore the dogs to pieces.’
    • ‘In particular, they believed that the time was ripe for the fulfilment of an ancient prophecy: soon there would be ‘one sheepfold and one shepherd’.’
    • ‘He knew the fields and the woods, the wild creatures and the birds; he knew how to plough and to reap; he could keep an allotment full of vegetables all the year round; he understood a stable and a dairy, a paddock and sheepfold.’
    • ‘Go through the derelict farm, through a sheepfold, and follow the Shalloch Burn which is crossed on a girder bridge about a quarter of a mile beyond the farm.’
    • ‘Within the northern compound is a rectangular structure, probably a post-medieval sheepfold.’
    • ‘One is a cracked mud floor made from local earth, another a stone sheepfold bisected by the museum's French doors, half of it indoors and half in the open air.’
    • ‘It also holds information on historic buildings, listed and unlisted, and landscape features, such as sheepfolds and dry stone walls.’
    • ‘The viewing platform resembles a raised circular sheepfold and is surmounted by a weathervane depicting a front-load tractor.’
    • ‘Jesus told the people that whoever entered the sheepfold by any route other than the gate was a thief.’
    • ‘I am merely a sheep, wishing to return to the sheepfold.’
    • ‘At a sheepfold the track loses its companion walls and stone surface and diminishes to a narrow path with railway sleepers over the numerous spring fed rivulets.’
    • ‘After covering twice the required distance on the first day, we decided to cheat a bit and inquired at a remote farmhouse about purchasing food and spending the night in the sheepfold.’
    • ‘Everyday features of the countryside from sheepfolds to packhorse bridges carry all kinds of fascinating clues about how man's activities have shaped the Lake District landscape.’
    enclosure, fold, pound, compound, paddock, stockade, sty, coop, cage, stall, lock-up
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