winding sheet


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winding sheet

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud

shroud

(ʃraʊd)

n.
1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
2. something that covers, conceals, or protects: a shroud of darkness.
3. any of a number of fixed ropes or wires that converge from the head of a ship's mast and keep it from swaying.
4. Also called shroud′ line`. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
v.t.
5. to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
6. to cover; hide from view.
7. to veil in obscurity or mystery.
8. Archaic. to take shelter.
[before 1000; Old English scrūd, c. Old Norse skrūth apparel]
Translations
Totentuch
References in classic literature ?
Then the lighter sand and ash came down in turn, stretching like a winding sheet and smoking over the dismal scene.
March went out, after peeping here and there to see how matters went, also saying a word of comfort to Beth, who sat making a winding sheet, while the dear departed lay in state in the domino box.
The snow lay hard and crisp upon the ground; and spread over the thickly-strewn mounds of earth, so white and smooth a cover that it seemed as if corpses lay there, hidden only by their winding sheets.
He said that the safe burial practices included spraying the dead body with liquid bleach solution and then wrapping in winding sheet.
Most people writing witless spite on the net never imagine that the subjects of their bile, protected by the glittering winding sheet of fame, might ever read it; surprisingly, often they do and it can be very hurtful" - TV illusionist Derren Brown on the "hives of malignity" on Twitter.
Writer Kathy Lette, above "Most people writing witless spite on the net never imagine that the subjects of their bile, protected by the glittering winding sheet of fame, might ever read it; surprisingly, often they do and it can be very hurtful.
Jeremy Hickey has just launched a new single The Winding Sheet and has teamed up with live bassist Colm O'Caoimh to add another dimension to the RSAG sound layer.