sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz How to pronounce sheaths (audio) , ˈshēths \

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: such 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: such as
b : a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a belt
c British : condom sense 1

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Examples of sheath in a Sentence

the sheath of a sword a piece of wire covered with a plastic sheath
Recent Examples on the Web Developer Anchor Line Partners and real estate firm JLL are partnering to overhaul the entire building, blowing out whole floors, adding about 200,000 square feet of office space, and swapping the forbidding exterior for a sheath of sleek glass. BostonGlobe.com, "Now, one of the square’s signature buildings is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with an eye to attracting companies that form one of the new pillars of Boston’s economy: the tech industry.," 29 Dec. 2019 At first, whenever the pop icon walked a red carpet or performed with a sheath of hair over her face, fans had plenty of questions. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sia Just Made a Rare Public Appearance Without Her Face Covered," 18 Mar. 2019 The other is a sinuous sheath of silk crepe topped with a huge cumulus whorl or wreath of ruched silk gazar. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018 One masked man sports long, pointed bamboo sheaths that turn his fingers into claws. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Time Capsule’ retrospective highlights jazz’s influence on Frank Stewart," 20 Dec. 2019 The Sheath Dress Day A simple sheath dress is perhaps the easiest go-to work look. Gina Marinelli, Marie Claire, "Day or Night, You’ll Live in These 3 Easy Dresses All Winter," 10 Dec. 2019 Her oversize turtleneck sheath dress and fresh-flower crown paired with a bold lip is what Black Girl Magic is made of. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bantu knots and baby hairs: Our favorite looks from the Black Girls Rock! awards show," 9 Sep. 2019 Weeks after the antlers fall from their bases, next year’s set begins to emerge under an expanding velvet sheath. Mike Koshmrl, National Geographic, "What it takes to catch antler thieves," 19 July 2019 His wife’s sparkly sheath gown draped in silk tulle? Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Tracee Ellis Ross leads parade of pink on Emmys carpet," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sheath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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The first known use of sheath was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sheath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheath. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for sheath

sheath

noun
How to pronounce sheath (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sheath

: a cover for the blade of a knife, sword, etc.
: a protective covering
: a close-fitting dress that does not usually have a belt

sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz \

Kids Definition of sheath

1 : a case for a blade (as of a knife)
2 : a covering that surrounds and usually protects something

sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz How to pronounce sheaths (audio) , ˈshēths How to pronounce sheaths (audio) \

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

Other Words from sheath

sheathed adjective

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