shive

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Etymology 1[edit]

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A parallel form of sheave, from a Proto-Germanic base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with German Scheibe, late Old Norse skífa ‎(slice), brauðskífa ‎(slice of bread) (whence Danish skive ‎(disc, slice)), Dutch schijf ‎(disc, slice).

Noun[edit]

shive ‎(plural shives)

  1. A slice, especially of bread.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      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.
  2. (obsolete) A sheave.
  3. A beam or plank of split wood.
  4. A flat, wide cork for plugging a large hole.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From a Proto-Germanic base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with German Schebe, Dutch scheef.

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Particularly: “what does Schebe mean? Dutch scheef means skew, that doesn’t seem related; also: is this related to the beam sense above?”

Noun[edit]

shive ‎(plural shives)

  1. (obsolete) A splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
  2. (paper-makin) A particle of impurity in finished paper.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Variant of shiv.

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shive ‎(plural shives)

  1. Alternative form 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.

Etymology 4[edit]

See shiva

Noun[edit]

shive

  1. Alternative spelling of shiva
    • 2010, William Labov, 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.
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