sheath

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sheath

noun \ˈshēth\

: a cover for the blade of a knife, sword, etc.

: a protective covering

: a close-fitting dress that does not usually have a belt

plural sheaths \ˈshēthz, ˈshēths\

Full Definition of SHEATH

1
:  a case for a blade (as of a knife)
2
:  an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: as
a :  the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retracted
b (1) :  the lower part of a leaf when surrounding the stem
(2) :  an ensheathing spathe
3
:  any of various covering or supporting structures that resemble in appearance or function the sheath of a blade: as
a :  sheathing 2
b :  a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a belt
c British :  condom 1

Examples of SHEATH

  1. the sheath of a sword
  2. a piece of wire covered with a plastic sheath

Origin of SHEATH

Middle English shethe, from Old English scēath; akin to Old High German sceida sheath and perhaps to Latin scindere to split — more at shed
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with SHEATH

sheath

noun \ˈshēth\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural sheaths \ˈshēthz, ˈshēths\

Medical Definition of SHEATH

1
: an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: as a : the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retracted b : the connective tissue of an organ or part that binds together its component elements and holds it in place
2
: condom 1
sheathed adjective

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