sheathing

noun

sheath·​ing ˈshē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce sheathing (audio)
-thiŋ
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 Espinosa holds up a length of wire extending from the box, its black sheathing bearing fresh little scars. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 Vinyl Siding Installation Step #6: Siding the Walls Next, nail strips of 1/2-inch rigid-foam sheathing to both sides of the corners and nail the corner trim over these strips. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2023 One roll of No. 6 copper wire, covered in bright green sheathing. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Some builders stick the membrane at the top to the house wrap, rather than the sheathing, but Building Science Corp., which runs that website, says that traps any moisture that gets through the house wrap. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 The pink doors on the IKEA cabinets and glamorous sheathings of brass make the kitchen the house’s centerpiece. Catherine Hong, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 The music building’s exterior of striated concrete panels and wood-like phenolic sheathing grabs your attention with its sculptural forms. Dirk Sutro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2023 Each spool was covered in either red, black, blue or white sheathing. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Flames soon rose into the attic, crowded with rafters and sheathing. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheathing was in the 15th century

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“Sheathing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheathing. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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sheathing

noun
sheath·​ing ˈshē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce sheathing (audio)
-thiŋ
: 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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