\ˈshēṯẖ \
variants: or less commonly sheath \ ˈshēth \
sheathed; sheathing

Definition of sheathe 

transitive verb

1 : to put into or furnish with a sheath

2 : to plunge or bury (a weapon, such as a sword) in flesh

3 : to withdraw (a claw) into a sheath

4 : to case or cover with something (such as sheets of metal) that protects

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Other Words from sheathe

sheather \ ˈshē-​ṯẖər , -​thər \ noun

Synonyms for sheathe


clad, face

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Examples of sheathe in a Sentence

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

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The Bride, on the 200 block of Vine Street, is entirely sheathed in tile-and-mirror murals created by Isaiah Zagar, who installed them over a number of years in the 1990s. Stephan Salisbury,, "Painted Bride and its Zagar murals deserve historic designation, panel finds," 20 June 2018 Two sculptures made of hats entirely sheathed in synthetic hair have a similar, uncanny presence. Leah Ollman,, "Naked body parts, hair as sculpture: The strange, sinister, seductive art of Julie Curtiss," 5 June 2018 Now they were sheathed in a kind of delicate armor — a collection of intricate metallic rings, a gold watch, a slim Tiffany bracelet inscribed with her initials — and cupped around a mug of hot water with lemon. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Lesley Manville Has Waited Long Enough," 16 May 2018 The roof is bordered by flames sheathed in transparent glass and has a fire pit near a small lounge area, plus a triangular skylight casting down onto the ground floor. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Three-story Burgers & Brewhouse with rooftop bar to open in midtown by end of June," 14 June 2018 Joan Sloan, Bride board chair, said the organization wanted time to see if any accommodation could be reached with those seeking to protect the building, at 230 Vine St., which is entirely sheathed in mosaics by artist Isaiah Zagar. Stephan Salisbury,, "Painted Bride hearing for historical designation now on hold until fall," 13 July 2018 Image The details were hazy in my mind until a few weeks ago, when a woman sheathed in a kimono carried a pot of it to my table at Restaurant Nippon on East 52nd Street. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018 The museum, a Beaux-Arts legacy of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, is sheathed in Indiana limestone. Blair Kamin,, "The message of material: How the Obama Center gets built looms large," 18 May 2018 There are records of Japanese men sheathing their penises with primitive condoms made of stuff like leather (erotic) and tortoiseshell (no thanks). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of sheathe

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sheathe

Middle English shethen, from shethe sheath

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English Language Learners Definition of sheathe

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

: to cover (something) with something that protects it


\ˈshēt͟h \
sheathed; sheathing

Kids Definition of sheathe

1 : to put into a sheath Sheathe your sword.

2 : to cover with something that protects The ship's bottom is sheathed with copper.

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playful or foolish behavior

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