sheathe

verb \ ˈshēṯẖ \
variants: or less commonly sheath play \ˈshēth\
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of sheathe

sheathed; sheathing
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

sheather

play \ˈshē-ṯẖər, -thər\ noun

Examples of sheathe in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sheathe

Middle English shethen, from shethe sheath


SHEATHE Defined for English Language Learners

sheathe

verb

Definition of sheathe for English Language Learners

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

  • : to cover (something) with something that protects it


SHEATHE Defined for Kids

sheathe

verb \ ˈshēt͟h \

Definition of sheathe for Students

sheathed; sheathing
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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