One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for sheaf (verb)
- ‘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.’
- ‘The two women at the left and right have bent down to sheave the crops.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century: from sheaves.
A wheel with a groove for a rope to run on, as in a pulley block.
system of pulleys, hoisting gear, pulley, hoist, block and tackle, crane, winch, davit, windlassView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The notched wheel shape that is used in a pulley is actually called a sheave, which is more what I meant.’
- ‘Check on the cables, sheaves and adapters for wear or damage.’
- ‘According to Plutarch, Archimedes used a polypaston, or block and tackle, with a large number of sheaves.’
Middle English: from a Germanic base meaning ‘wheel, pulley’.
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