Definition of sheaf:
- A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.
- A sheave.
- Any collection of things bound together; a bundle; specifically, a bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer, - usually twenty- four.
- To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.
- To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to sheaf wheat.
- "The Coming of the King", James Hocking.
In the person of His dearest earthly friend He presented an earnest- sheaf of the great Resurrection- reaping- time- when the mandate was to be carried to the four winds of heaven, " Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe;- Multitudes- multitudes in the Valley of Decision."- "Memories of Bethany", John Ross Macduff.
On St. John's Day the entire population, old and young, dance around a May- pole erected at some convenient place, and at harvest time, whenever the last sheaf in a field is pitched upon the cart or the stack, it is customary for somebody to produce a musical instrument, a violin, a nyckleharpa, a harmonicum, or perhaps only a mouth organ, and everybody- for the boys and girls of the family all work together in the hay and harvest fields- join in a dance before returning home.- "Norwegian Life", Ethlyn T. Clough.