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

Examples of sheathing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The now three-story middle school’s exterior sheathing is 80 percent complete and much of the interior work is underway. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch makes construction progress at Memorial High, Spring Woods, Landrum as part of $898M 2017 bond," 2 Oct. 2020 Note that two pieces of sheathing are nailed on at the peak and at the base. George Retseck, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Firewood Shack," 12 Sep. 2020 If the wall sheathing is wet, soft, or missing, further inspection and repairs are needed. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Buying a stucco home? Heads up.," 11 Aug. 2020 Wiring, plumbing, HVAC ductwork, sprinkler systems, as well as windows and exterior sheathing, are added to the panels. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Connecticut Ave. apartment components were built in a Baltimore factory," 27 June 2020 The remains of the hull are more or less intact up to the water line, according to NOAA, which notes that the copper sheathing has protected the ship's timbers. Fox News, "Storm reveals 120-year-old shipwreck in Great Salt Lake," 28 May 2020 Inspect roofs: Roofs that are 5-10 years old or older should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: High wind advisory, rain for valleys; snow hits the mountains," 10 Jan. 2020 The walls of Anderson’s home, for example, are 8 inches thick and made up of the exterior aluminum sheathing and both wood and steel framing. Richard A. Marini,, "Tricked-out Kerrville-area barn converted to a Texas ranch-style home, a barndominium," 25 Mar. 2020 Cracks in exterior bricks allow moisture that can damage the sheathing, insulation and the interior walls. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Choose wisely when searching for trustworthy foundation specialist," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sheathing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Oct 2020

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“Sheathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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