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.

1350–1400; Middle English shethen, derivative of sheath

sheather, noun

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sheathe (ʃiːð)
1.  to insert (a knife, sword, etc) into a sheath
2.  (esp of cats) to retract (the claws)
3.  to surface with or encase in a sheath or sheathing

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "to furnish (a sword, etc.) with a sheath," from sheath (q.v.); meaning "to put (a sword, etc.) in a sheath" is attested from c.1430.
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Example sentences
They used the muscle cells to sheathe the outside of a bladder-shaped polymer scaffold, and the lining cells to cover the inside.
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