noun, plural sheaths [sheeth z] /ʃiðz/.
- the metal wall of a wave guide.
- a space charge formed by ions near an electrode in a tube containing low-pressure gas.
- the region of a space charge in a cathode-ray tube.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sheath
verb (used with object), sheathed, sheath·ing.
Origin of sheathe
Examples from the Web for sheathed
Contemporary Examples of sheathed
Many gyms are in conspicuous downtown locations and sheathed in clear glass so passersby can watch people working out.Downsize Fitness, the Gym for Overweight Members Only
October 14, 2013
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.Best of the Memorial Service
The Daily Beast
July 7, 2009
"An incompetent populist," was the most sheathed answer I heard.The Right-Wing Primal Scream
October 24, 2008
Historical Examples of sheathed
"That God knows alone," answered Peter gravely as he sheathed his sword.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The knife looked terrible; but it was sheathed and tucked into a belt.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Her body was sheathed in a grey dress, and seemed to have been moulded into the material.My Double Life
He was sheathed from head to foot in a tight-fitting garment, black as Erebus!A Nest of Spies
"Thou shouldst first have sheathed it in mine," she whispered.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
noun plural sheaths (ʃiːðz)
Word Origin for sheath
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.
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.