/ʃit / (say sheet)

1. a large rectangular piece of linen, cotton, or other material, used as an article of bedding, commonly one of a pair spread immediately above and below the sleeper.
2. a broad, thin mass, layer, or covering.
3. a broad, relatively thin, piece of iron, glass, etc.
4. an oblong or square piece of paper or parchment, especially one on which to write or print.
5. a newspaper.
6. Printing, Bookbinding a piece of paper printed and folded so as to form pages of the required size.
7. Philately the impression from a plate, etc., on a single piece of paper, before the individual stamps have been separated.
8. an extent, stretch, or expanse, as of lightning, water, etc.: sheets of flame.
9. Geology a more or less horizontal mass of rock, especially eruptive rock, intruded between strata or spread over a surface.
verb (t)
10. to furnish with sheets.
11. to wrap in a sheet.
12. to cover with a sheet or layer of something: sheeted with ice.
{Middle English shete, Old English scēte, (Anglian) scīete, from scēat lap, piece of cloth}
/ʃit / (say sheet)

1. Nautical a rope or chain fastened:
a. to a lower after corner of a sail, or to the boom of a fore-and-aft sail, to control its trim.
b. to both lower corners of a square sail to extend them to the yardarms below.
2. (plural) the spaces beyond the thwarts in the forward or the after end of an open boat.
verb (t)
3. Nautical to trim, extend, or secure by means of a sheet or sheets.
4. sheet home,
a. Nautical to extend (sails) to the utmost by hauling on the sheets.
b. to attach (blame, responsibility, etc.): *The blame can be sheeted home directly and completely to the management, which created the disaster, and the State Government, which allowed it to happen. –advertiser, 1990.
5. three sheets in (or to) the wind, Colloquial intoxicated. {Phrase Origin: in nautical use; from the sheet or rope (see def. 1a above) used to control the unfastened bottom corner of a sail. If the sheet is free, it is in the wind. With three sheets in the wind, a vessel's sails would flap and flutter without restraint and the vessel reel like a drunk.}
{Middle English schete, Old English scēata rope tied to lower corner of a sail. See sheet1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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