sheath·​ing | \ ˈshē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce sheathing (audio) , -thiŋ\

Definition of sheathing

1 : the action of one that sheathes something
2 : material used to sheathe something especially : the first covering of boards or of waterproof material on the outside wall of a frame house or on a timber roof

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Paul Revere not only produced exceptional silver but also the copper sheathing of America’s wooden navy. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 The immune systems eats away at the fatty sheathing that covers and protects the nerve fibers in these areas (myelin). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Selma Blair 'Thought Was a Pinched Nerve' Turned Out to Be MS," 22 Oct. 2018 To pre- vent cutting, the lanyard (20) that connects it to the phone has steel braided sheathing on the outside and a heavy-gauge stainless-steel wire down the center. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: A Pay Phone," 27 Nov. 2015 See What Can Be Done is mostly cultural criticism: a scabbard sheathing 34 years’ worth of American media, from Nora Ephron’s Heartburn to the 2016 election, but studded, here and there, with gem-dense personal essay. Sarah Marshall, The New Republic, "Why Lorrie Moore Writes," 5 June 2018 Thousands of years ago, when the ancient Greek and Roman empires ruled over Europe, lead was mined and smelted to produce water pipes and ship sheathing, for example. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Secrets in the ice: Pollution in Greenland reveals rise and fall of ancient European civilizations," 14 May 2018 The tarps are a heavier ply than most commercially-available plastic sheathing and installers secure them every 6 feet or so. Mary Shanklin,, "Free roof-tarp program signups in Orange, Seminole," 26 Sep. 2017 Thanks to the styling — and touches like grille shutters and underbody sheathing — the car is also very aerodynamic, with a coefficient of drag of only 0.27. Al Haas,, "Volkswagen unveils a sportier 2019 Jetta with the U.S. in mind | Al Haas," 17 Apr. 2018 The Bulgarian artist, who with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, was famed for enshrouding massive structures in plastic sheathing hasn’t come to the Arlington County neighborhood, but four buildings there have received a fresh coat of . . . John Kelly, Washington Post, "Four buildings in Crystal City are covered in bright fabric. Why?," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sheathing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sheathing

: a protective outer covering


sheath·​ing | \ ˈshē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce sheathing (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheathing

: material used as a protective covering waterproof sheathing

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