sheathing

[ shee-th ing ]
/ ˈʃi ðɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person who sheathes.
something that sheathes; a covering or outer layer of metal, wood, or other material, as one of metal plates on a ship's bottom, the first covering of boards on a house, etc.
material for forming any such covering.

Origin of sheathing

First recorded in 1490–1500; sheathe + -ing1

Related forms

un·der·sheath·ing, noun

Definition for sheathing (2 of 3)

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 forms

sheath·less, adjectivesheath·like, sheath·y, adjective

Can be confused

sheath sheathe

Definition for sheathing (3 of 3)

sheathe

[ sheeth ]
/ ʃið /

verb (used with object), sheathed, sheath·ing.

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

sheath·er, noun

Can be confused

sheath sheathe
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British Dictionary definitions for sheathing (1 of 3)

sheathing

/ (ˈʃiːðɪŋ) /

noun

any material used as an outer layer, as on a ship's hull
boarding, etc, used to cover the wall studding or roof joists of a timber frame

British Dictionary definitions for sheathing (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for sheathing (3 of 3)

sheathe

/ (ʃiːð) /

verb (tr)

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
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Medicine definitions for sheathing

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 sheathing

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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