- to put (a sword, dagger, etc.) into a sheath.
- to plunge (a sword, dagger, etc.) in something as if in a sheath.
- to enclose in or as if in a casing or covering.
- to cover or provide with a protective layer or sheathing: to sheathe a roof with copper.
- to cover (a cable, electrical connector, etc.) with a metal sheath for grounding.
Origin of sheathe
1350–1400; Middle English shethen, derivative of sheath
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Examples from the Web for sheathe
He must then sheathe his weapon, and not, on any account, strike a second time.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I have drawn my sword, and never will I sheathe it, till America is free, or I'm no more.
I'll away with the scabbard, and sheathe my sword in the bosom of tyranny.
I am more tempted to sheathe this dagger in Jabaster's breast than in Alroy's.Alroy
"Sheathe the dagger and waste no words upon these slaves, Daughter," said Asti.Morning Star
H. Rider Haggard
- to insert (a knife, sword, etc) into a sheath
- (esp of cats) to retract (the claws)
- to surface with or encase in a sheath or sheathing
Word Origin and History for sheathe
c.1400, "to furnish (a sword, etc.) with a sheath," from sheath; meaning "to put (a sword, etc.) in a sheath" is attested from early 15c. Related: Sheathed; sheathing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper