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[sheeth] /ʃið/
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.
Origin of sheathe
1350-1400; Middle English shethen, derivative of sheath
Related forms
sheather, noun
Can be confused
sheath, sheathe. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for sheathe
Historical Examples
  • With courage almost more than human he put that fond ambition out of mind as if it were another sword he'd learned to sheathe.

    The Jester's Sword Annie Fellows Johnston
  • There; sheathe your blade, and if his Majesty is awake, tell him that I beg an audience.

    The King's Esquires George Manville Fenn
  • I'll away with the scabbard, and sheathe my sword in the bosom of tyranny.

  • He must then sheathe his weapon, and not, on any account, strike a second time.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Had he not sworn never to sheathe his sword while a Russian remained in arms near them?

    The Circassian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have drawn my sword, and never will I sheathe it, till America is free, or I'm no more.

  • Jaufry at once did sheathe his own good blade and take the sword of Taulat.

  • I am more tempted to sheathe this dagger in Jabaster's breast than in Alroy's.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Then, as the hero was going to sheathe his sword, up rode thirty of the King's warriors, who had watched the fray from afar.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • Ultimately we decided to sheathe the heads entirely with tin.

British Dictionary definitions for sheathe


verb (transitive)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sheathe

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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