sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz How to pronounce sheath (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 Its protective sheath would heat up to about 2,370 degrees Farhenheit. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars," 18 Feb. 2021 Roach stitched up Arik's dura, the protective sheath between the skull and the brain, to ensure spinal fluid didn't leak and to reduce infection risk. Star Tribune, "Fighting to live again: Shot in the head, Waseca cop endures grueling year of healing," 10 Jan. 2021 One young man carried zip ties and a knife in a belt sheath. Los Angeles Times, "Nationwide protests authorities feared by Trump supporters fail to materialize," 17 Jan. 2021 Ivanka Trump, of course, has her own history with fashion, having effectively begun her time as her father’s surrogate while doubling as her company’s own best model in ladder-climbing sheath dresses, statement bangles, and Cinderella court shoes. New York Times, "A Farewell to the Trump Aesthetic," 16 Jan. 2021 This roomy-yet-elegant cotton printed sheath features long sleeves and a breezy silhouette in a wide range of sizes for standard, plus-size and petites, making for a picture-perfect addition to your closet's rotation. Arielle Tschinkel And Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "11 perfect things to buy from Anthropologie's huge after-Christmas sale," 29 Dec. 2020 Belted and with a wide boatneck, this bargain sheath can be dressed up or down. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "20 adorable dresses with pockets," 8 Sep. 2020 No sheath dresses a la Veep’s Selina Meyer or double-breasted suits out of ’90s Donna Karan campaigns. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Ariana Grande’s “Positions” Video Sends a Chic Political Message," 23 Oct. 2020 The cape not only gave the elegantly simple sheath a bit of drama for the ceremony, but worked double duty as an alternative to a classic veil. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Replanned, Relocated, Downsized, and Rescheduled Their Wedding—in Just Three Months," 30 Nov. 2020

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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, going back to Old English scǣþ, scēaþ (Northumbrian sceǣþ), scēþ, going back to Germanic *skaiþjō or *skaiþō (whence also Old Frisian skēthe "sheath," Old Saxon skēdia, skēthia, Old High German skeida, Old Icelandic skeiðir, plural), probably noun derivative of *skaiđan-/skaiþan- "to separate, divide" — more at shed entry 1

Note: The original meaning of the Germanic noun was presumably "something split, separated," i.e., two pieces that are split (literally or metaphorically) and that together held the blade; note that the Old Norse noun was plural (the singular skeið meant "weaver's reed, silver spoon").

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

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25 Feb 2021

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“Sheath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheath. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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sheath

noun

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 sheath (audio) , ˈshēths How to pronounce sheath (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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