Sheathe Sheathe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sheathed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheating}.] [Written also sheath.] 1. To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case. [1913 Webster]

The leopard . . . keeps the claws of his fore feet turned up from the ground, and sheathed in the skin of his toes. --Grew. [1913 Webster]

'T is in my breast she sheathes her dagger now. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To fit or furnish, as with a sheath. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To case or cover with something which protects, as thin boards, sheets of metal, and the like; as, to sheathe a ship with copper. [1913 Webster]

4. To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles. [R.] --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

{To sheathe the sword}, to make peace. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sheathe — index cover (guard), ensconce, enshroud, envelop, protect, shroud Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • sheathe — [ʃi:ð] v [T] literary [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: sheath] 1.) to put a knife or sword into a sheath ▪ He sheathed his sword. 2.) be sheathed in/with sth to be covered by something ▪ The grassy hills were sheathed in mist …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sheathe — [ ʃið ] verb transitive 1. ) LITERARY to put a weapon such as a sword into a SHEATH 2. ) usually passive to cover and protect something: sheathed with copper …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sheathe — (v.) c.1400, to furnish (a sword, etc.) with a sheath, from SHEATH (Cf. sheath); meaning to put (a sword, etc.) in a sheath is attested from early 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • sheathe — ► VERB 1) put (a knife or sword) into a sheath. 2) (often be sheathed in) encase in a close fitting or protective covering …   English terms dictionary

  • sheathe — [shēth] vt. sheathed, sheathing [ME schethen < schethe] 1. to put into a sheath or scabbard 2. to enclose in or protect with a case or covering [wood sheathed with tin] 3. to thrust (a sword, knife, etc.) into flesh 4. to retract (claws) …   English World dictionary

  • sheathe — en·sheathe; in·sheathe; sheathe; un·sheathe; …   English syllables

  • sheathe — UK [ʃiːð] / US [ʃɪð] verb [transitive] Word forms sheathe : present tense I/you/we/they sheathe he/she/it sheathes present participle sheathing past tense sheathed past participle sheathed 1) [usually passive] to cover and protect something 2)… …   English dictionary

  • sheathe — sheather, n. /sheedh/, v.t., sheathed, sheathing. 1. to put (a sword, dagger, etc.) into a sheath. 2. to plunge (a sword, dagger, etc.) in something as if in a sheath. 3. to enclose in or as if in a casing or covering. 4. to cover or provide with …   Universalium

  • sheathe — verb Sheathe is used with these nouns as the object: ↑blade, ↑dagger, ↑sword …   Collocations dictionary

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