see also: Shive
Pronunciation Noun

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 or closing a wide-mouthed bottle.
Pronunciation Noun

shive (plural shives)

  1. A splinter or fragment of the woody core of flax or hemp broken off in brake#Etymology_3|braking or scutching
  2. A plant fragment remaining in scoured wool.
  3. A piece of thread or fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
  4. (papermaking) A dark particle or impurity in finished paper resulting from a bundle of incompletely cooked wood fibres in the pulp.
  • (wood fragment of the husk of flax or hemp) boon#Etymology_3|boon, shove
Translations Pronunciation Noun

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.
  • IPA: /ˈʃɪvə/


  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.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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