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  1. the act of a person who sheathes.

  2. 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.

  1. material for forming any such covering.

Origin of sheathing

First recorded in 1490–1500; sheathe + -ing1

Other words from sheathing

  • un·der·sheath·ing, noun

Words Nearby sheathing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sheathing in a sentence

  • sheathing his fury, he rode off rapidly toward the wagons, followed in silence by the others.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • By and by down by water on several Deall ships, and stood upon a stage in one place seeing calkers sheathing of a ship.

  • The planking had been sawed, the timber cut with the hatchet, the ironwork with a file, the sheathing with the chisel.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The tapping quickly showed him where the upright beams were located on the other side of the sheathing.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • It is used for concrete forms, sheathing, studding and for dairy containers and packages that must be odorless and tasteless.

British Dictionary definitions for sheathing


/ (ˈʃiːðɪŋ) /

  1. any material used as an outer layer, as on a ship's hull

  2. boarding, etc, used to cover the wall studding or roof joists of a timber frame

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