sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz How to pronounce sheaths (audio) , ˈshēths \

Definition of sheath

1 : a case for a blade (as of a knife)
2 : an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: such as
a : the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retracted
b(1) : the lower part of a leaf when surrounding the stem
(2) : an ensheathing spathe
3 : any of various covering or supporting structures that resemble in appearance or function the sheath of a blade: such as
b : a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a belt
c British : condom sense 1

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Examples of sheath in a Sentence

the sheath of a sword a piece of wire covered with a plastic sheath
Recent Examples on the Web What made my black sheath dress so brave, my confidence so enviable? Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Please Don’t Call Fat People ‘Brave’ Just for Existing," 12 Oct. 2020 He was also said to have been fidgety, continually biting his lip and repeatedly pulling his dagger halfway out of its sheath and putting it in again. Keith Thomas, The New York Review of Books, "‘Subtle, False and Treacherous’," 6 Oct. 2020 The Turbo S — 620 hp and 604 pound-feet of torque, not to bury the lede — is one of four new blades in the Panamera’s sheath for the 2021 model year. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S can hit 196 mph with stunning, immediate power," 23 Sep. 2020 The investigator and his assistant wrapped the body in a white sheath. Jesse Barron, New York Times, "What Happened Inside Ed Buck’s Apartment?," 16 Sep. 2020 Right-handed fighters kept their scabbard, or sheath, hanging on the left side to facilitate reaching across and pulling out their blade. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Norwegian Archaeologists Unearth Grave of Left-Handed Viking Warrior," 4 Sep. 2020 This extremely versatile sheath dress features soft jersey fabric, a trendy wrap-style skirt and sizing up to 4X. Stop losing AirPods with this handy case, made from full grain leather, which has a handy metal clip that attaches to your keychain. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Our bestselling Nordstrom products of 2020 so far," 27 Aug. 2020 The sheath is the source of the conductance, Meysman and colleagues reported last year in Nature Communications. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 Plus, the sheath’s belt loop is attached with a rivet, which allows for vertical or horizontal carry. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Helle’s Temagami Knife is a Thing of Beauty," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of sheath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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The first known use of sheath was before the 12th century

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sheath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheath. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sheath

sheath

noun
How to pronounce sheath (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sheath

: 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

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz \

Kids Definition of sheath

1 : a case for a blade (as of a knife)
2 : a covering that surrounds and usually protects something

sheath

noun
\ ˈshēth How to pronounce sheath (audio) \
plural sheaths\ ˈshēt͟hz How to pronounce sheaths (audio) , ˈshēths How to pronounce sheaths (audio) \

Medical Definition of sheath

1 : an investing cover or case of a plant or animal body or body part: as
a : the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retracted
b : the connective tissue of an organ or part that binds together its component elements and holds it in place

Other Words from sheath

sheathed adjective

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