sheath
noun (plural sheaths) Etymology: Middle English shethe, from Old English scēath; akin to Old High German sceida sheath and perhaps to Latin scindere to split — more at shed Date: before 12th century 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: as a. the tubular fold of skin into which the penis of many mammals is retracted b. (1) the lower part of a leaf (as of a grass) when surrounding the stem (2) an ensheathing spathe 3. any of various covering or supporting structures that are applied like or resemble in appearance or function the sheath of a blade: as a. sheathing 2 b. a woman's close-fitting dress that is usually worn without a belt c. British condom 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(as for a sword), / (when it is wrapped around a stem) /


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  • Sheath — Sheath, n. [OE. schethe, AS. sc[=ae][eth], sce[ a][eth], sc[=e][eth]; akin to OS. sk[=e][eth]ia, D. scheede, G. scheide, OHG. sceida, Sw. skida, Dan. skede, Icel. skei[eth]ir, pl., and to E. shed, v.t., originally meaning, to separate, to part.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheath — may refer to:* Scabbard, a container for a sword or other large blade * Condom, a kind of contraception * Vagina, the internal structure of the female genitalia * Koteka, a penis sheath worn by some natives of New Guinea * Debye sheath, a layer… …   Wikipedia

  • Sheath — Студийный альбом …   Википедия

  • sheath — [ʃi:θ] n plural sheaths [: Old English; Origin: sceath] 1.) a cover for the blade of a knife or sword ▪ His sword was back in its sheath. 2.) BrE old fashioned a ↑condom 3.) a protective covering that fits closely around s …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sheath — ► NOUN (pl. sheaths) 1) a cover for the blade of a knife or sword. 2) a condom. 3) a structure in living tissue which closely envelops another. 4) a protective covering around an electric cable. 5) (also sheath dress) a close fitting dress …   English terms dictionary

  • sheath — [shēth] n. pl. sheaths [shēthz, shēths] [ME schethe < OE sceath, akin to Ger scheide < IE base * skei , to cut, split, divide (> L scire, to know): the earliest form of sheath was prob. a split stick] 1. a case for the blade of a knife,… …   English World dictionary

  • sheath — index cover (protection) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sheath — [ ʃiθ ] (plural sheaths [ ʃiðz ] ) noun count 1. ) a cover used for carrying a knife or a sword a ) something that surrounds and protects another thing 2. ) a dress that fits tightly around a woman s body …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sheath — O.E. sceað, scæð, from P.Gmc. *skaithiz (Cf. O.S. scethia, O.N. skeiðir (pl.), O.Fris. skethe, M.Du. schede, Du. schede, O.H.G. skaida, Ger. scheide scabbard ), possibly from root *skaith divide, split (see SHED (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • sheath — is pronounced sheeth (like teeth) in the singular and sheedhz (like seethes) in the plural …   Modern English usage

  • sheath — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. scabbard, sheathing, case, envelope, casing; involucre, capsule, fascia, lorica. See covering, receptacle. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. case, scabbard, cover, spathe, sheathing, cere. Specialized sheaths… …   English dictionary for students

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