sheath

play
noun \ˈshēth\

Definition of sheath

plural

sheaths

play \ˈshēthz, ˈshēths\
  1. 1 :  a case for a blade (as of a knife)

  2. 2 :  an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: asa :  the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retractedb (1) :  the lower part of a leaf when surrounding the stem (2) :  an ensheathing spathe

  3. 3 :  any of various covering or supporting structures that resemble in appearance or function the sheath of a blade: asa :  sheathing 2b :  a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a beltc British :  condom 1

Examples of sheath in a sentence

  1. the sheath of a sword

  2. a piece of wire covered with a plastic sheath

Origin and Etymology of sheath

Middle English shethe, from Old English scēath; akin to Old High German sceida sheath and perhaps to Latin scindere to split — more at shed


First Known Use: before 12th century


SHEATH Defined for English Language Learners

sheath

play
noun \ˈshēth\

Definition of sheath for English Language Learners

  • : a cover for the blade of a knife, sword, etc.

  • : a protective covering

  • : a close-fitting dress that does not usually have a belt


SHEATH Defined for Kids

sheath

play
noun \ˈshēth\

Definition of sheath for Students

plural

sheaths

\ˈshēthz\
  1. 1 :  a case for a blade (as of a knife)

  2. 2 :  a covering that surrounds and usually protects something


Medical Dictionary

sheath

play
noun \ˈshēth\

Medical Definition of sheath

plural

sheaths

\ˈshēthz, ˈshēths\play play
  1. 1:  an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: asa:  the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retractedb:  the connective tissue of an organ or part that binds together its component elements and holds it in place

  2. 2:  condom 1

sheathed

adjective


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