transitive verb \ˈshēth\

: to put (something, such as a sword) into a sheath

: to cover (something) with something that protects it


Full Definition of SHEATHE

:  to put into or furnish with a sheath
:  to plunge or bury (as a sword) in flesh
:  to withdraw (a claw) into a sheath
:  to case or cover with something (as sheets of metal) that protects
sheath·er \ˈshē-thər, -thər\ noun

Variants of SHEATHE

sheathe also sheath \ˈshēth\

Examples of SHEATHE

  1. <sometimes shipbuilders sheathe a ship's bottom with copper for extra protection from barnacles and other threats>

Origin of SHEATHE

Middle English shethen, from shethe sheath
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with SHEATHE


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