• A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.
  • Any collection of things bound together.
  • A bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer.
  • A quantity of arrows, usually twenty-four.
  • A sheave.
  • An abstract construct in topology that associates data to the open sets of a topological space, together with well-defined restrictions from larger to smaller open sets, subject to the condition that compatible data on overlapping open sets corresponds, via the restrictions, to a unique datum on the union of the open sets.


  • To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves
  • To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.


  • From Middle English scheef, from Old English sΔ‹Δ“af, from Proto-West Germanic *skaub, from Proto-Germanic *skauba-.
  • Akin to West Frisian skeaf, Dutch schoof, German Schaub, Old Norse skauf ("a fox's tail"). Compare further Gothic πƒπŒΊπŒΏπ†π„ ("hair of the head"), German Schopf ("tuft").

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