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[sheeth] /ʃið/
verb (used with object), sheathed, sheathing.
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
Related forms
sheather, noun
Can be confused
sheath, sheathe. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sheathe
Historical Examples
  • 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 Benjamin Disraeli
  • "sheathe the dagger and waste no words upon these slaves, Daughter," said Asti.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • There; sheathe your blade, and if his Majesty is awake, tell him that I beg an audience.

    The King's Esquires George Manville Fenn
  • “There,” said my father at last, after the final order to sheathe swords had been given.

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
  • Little bear, remember to sheathe your claws when you play with them.

  • Ultimately we decided to sheathe the heads entirely with tin.

  • A couple of swords, neither of which could serve to sheathe the other.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for sheathe


verb (transitive)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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