sheath

[ sheeth ]
/ ʃiθ /

noun, plural sheaths [sheeth z] /ʃiðz/.

verb (used with object)

Origin of sheath

before 950; Middle English s(c)heth(e), Old English scēath; cognate with German Scheide; see shed2
Related formssheath·less, adjectivesheath·like, sheath·y, adjective
Can be confusedsheath sheathe
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British Dictionary definitions for sheath

sheath

/ (ʃiːθ) /

noun plural sheaths (ʃiːðz)

verb

(tr) another word for sheathe

Word Origin for sheath

Old English scēath; related to Old Norse skeithir, Old High German sceida a dividing; compare Old English scādan to divide
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Word Origin and History for sheath

sheath


n.

Old English sceað, scæð, from Proto-Germanic *skaithiz (cf. Old Saxon scethia, Old Norse skeiðir (plural), Old Frisian skethe, Middle Dutch schede, Dutch schede, Old High German skaida, German scheide "a sheath, scabbard"), according to OED, possibly from root *skei- "divide, split" (see shed (v.)) on notion of a split stick with the sword blade inserted. Meaning "condom" is recorded from 1861; sense of "close-fitting dress or skirt" is attested from 1904.

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Medicine definitions for sheath

sheath

[ shēth ]

n. pl. sheaths (shēðz, shēths)

An enveloping tubular structure, such as the tissue that encloses a muscle or nerve fiber.
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Science definitions for sheath

sheath

[ shēth ]

An enveloping tubular structure, such as the base of a grass leaf that surrounds the stem or the tissue that encloses a muscle or nerve fiber.
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