sheath

noun \ ˈshēth \

Definition of sheath

plural sheaths play \ˈshēt͟hz, ˈshēths\
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
a :sheathing 2
b :a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a belt
c British :condom 1

Examples of sheath in a Sentence

  1. the sheath of a sword

  2. a piece of wire covered with a plastic sheath

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Origin and Etymology 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

SHEATH Defined for English Language Learners

sheath

noun

Definition of sheath for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sheath

noun \ ˈshēth \

Definition of sheath for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

sheath

noun \ ˈshēth \

medical Definition of sheath

plural sheaths play \ˈshēt͟hz, ˈshēths\
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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