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 Even as lumber prices start to fall, Twin Cities Habitat expects to spend $1.5 million this year on lumber, trusses and sheathing — up 200% over typical years. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, 25 July 2021 Founded by Nick Stoppello and Pat Churchman, Flashpoint Building Systems developed a patented process that laser engraves building information and plans directly onto the subfloor sheathing. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Strips of distressed copper sheathing run throughout the house, a special solution to a common problem. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 Although the sheathing adds to that weight, some of the weight also comes from the additional wires inside, and the thickness (or gauge) of those wires. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 8 July 2021 Above and below that cap should be metal flashing that extends up against the sheathing to help keep moisture from getting into the main wall. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 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, 2 Oct. 2020 Note that two pieces of sheathing are nailed on at the peak and at the base. George Retseck, Popular Mechanics, 12 Sep. 2020 If the wall sheathing is wet, soft, or missing, further inspection and repairs are needed. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sheathing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sheathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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