The word "sheaf" is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun the word sheaf primarily refers to or means a bundle of stalks that have been cut. The stalks may be of grain or other similar plants that have been bound using twine or straw. The word sheaf can also be used in the sense of other things that are bound together like paper, files or books. It is also used when referring to the quiver of an archer. The word "sheaf" can also be used as a verb to refer to the act of gathering and binding things into a bundle. The word is taken from the Middle English word "sheef" and is derived from the Old English word "sceaf". There is also a River in England called sheaf.