A parallel form of (sheave
), from a (etyl
) base which probably existed in (etyl
) (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl
) Scheibe, late (etyl
A slice, especially of bread.
* 1980 , Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers :
(obsolete) A sheave.
A beam or plank of split wood.
A flat, wide cork for plugging a large hole.
- In my cool room with the shutters shut and the thin shives of air and light coming through the slats, I cried myself to sleep in an overloud selfpitying transport.
From a (etyl) base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl) Schebe, (etyl) scheef.
(obsolete) A splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
(paper-makin) A particle of impurity in finished paper.
Variant of shiv.
* 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day (Vintage 2007), page 50:
- So every alleyway down here, every shadow big enough to hide a shive artist with a grudge, is a warm invitation to rewrite history.
* 2010 , ,
A Life of Learning
- There are some cultural details in Schissel’s story that are specific to the Jewish community: the family sits shive (seven days of mourning for the dead), and the preference for silence at that time.
* sit shive
To copulate with (a woman).
* c.1674 , John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, A Satyr on Charles II
* 2005 , Sophia B. Johnson, Risk Everything :
- 'Tis sure the sauciest prick that e'er did swive
* 2008 , Sarah McKerrigan, Lady Danger :
- “You were in such heat to swive me, you tore the clothes from your body.”
* 2009 , Bernard Cornwell, Gallows Thief :
- He didn't intend to swive her here in the tiltyard, did he? Surely he was not so heathen as that.
(dialectal) To cut a crop in a sweeping or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, Agricultural Surveys: pts. 1-2. South Wales (1815) , page 426
- His mother was a holy damned fool and swiving her was like rogering a prayerful mouse, and the bloody fool thinks he's taken after her, but he hasn't.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, General view of the agriculture and domestic economy of South Wales, Volume 1 , page 425
- The cradled scythes of the Vale of Towey were scarcely known in the Vale of Teivy; and the swiving method of reaping wheat in the latter, was as little known in the former ...
* 1905 , Joseph Wright, English Dialect Dictionary , page 893
- Swiving is a method first adopted apparently in Cardiganshire ...
* 1929 , Mary Gladys Meredith Webb, Precious Bane
- swive' ... to cut grain or beans with a broad hook; to mow with a reaping-hook ... "swiver": a reaper who "' swives " the grain
* 1955 , Ceredigion Historical Society, Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Association - Volumes 2-3 , page 160
- We started swiving , that is reaping, at the beginning of August-month, and we left the stooks [stalks] standing in the fields ...
- Moreover, according to Walter Davies "swiving " was a method of reaping first adopted in Cardiganshire.
* (l) (noun)