n. pl. sheaves (shēvz)
1. A bundle of cut stalks of grain or similar plants bound with straw or twine.
2. A collection of items held or bound together: a sheaf of printouts.
3. An archer's quiver.
tr.v. sheafed, sheaf·ing, sheafs
To gather and bind into a bundle.
[Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf.]
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