- a sliver or fragment; splinter.
- a thin plug, as of wood or cork, for stopping the bunghole of a cask or the mouth of a bottle.
- a splinter or fragment of the husk of flax, hemp, etc.
- a flat cork or bung for wide-mouthed bottles
- an archaic word for slice
early 13c., “slice of bread; thin piece cut off,” perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *scifa, cognate with Old Saxon sciva, Middle Dutch schive, Dutch schijf, Old High German sciba, German Scheibe; see skive (v.1). From 1869 as “thin, flat cork for a bottle.”