un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing; unsheathes

Definition of unsheathe

transitive verb

: to draw from or as if from a sheath or scabbard unsheathed his sword

Examples of unsheathe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fan-favorite worrywart's Funko figure is gearing up to unsheathe his sword and unleash the power of his Thunder Breathing First Form. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 14 June 2021 Don't do this two nights before a wedding and expect to unsheathe your toes for the entire dance floor to see. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 27 Mar. 2021 Caudill allegedly went back inside and came out with a Katana — a Japanese samurai sword — unsheathed it and threatened to cut off his father’s head. Dmitriy Shapiro, Detroit Free Press, 17 Dec. 2019 Then the ranch hands accompanying my mother and me on our journey unsheathe their wide bolo knives. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, 2 Dec. 2019 Gould found some melting pianissimos, and Goerke unsheathed a saber of sound that shone the way toward her interpretation of the whole role. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2019 Yet this autumn, in the third year of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, House Democrats have unsheathed that terrible, mighty sword. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 As the train pulled up to the game's familiar train station, the iconic hero landed from a somersault jump by dramatically unsheathing his massive Buster Sword. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 11 June 2019 While common decency and office dress codes require more than a few thin straps of material above the knees (even on 90-degree days) these nearly nude numbers leave your feet coolly unsheathed. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsheathe

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsheathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsheathe. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing

Kids Definition of unsheathe

: to draw from or as if from a sheath The knight unsheathed a sword.


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