Definition of sheathe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃiːð/


1 [with object] Put (a weapon such as a knife or sword) into a sheath: I sheathed my dagger when lion cubs strike out at one another, they keep their claws sheathed
More example sentences
  • He stuffed the package into his pocket and sheathed his knife, wiping off the blood and brain matter on the back of Nick's shirt.
  • Pocketing the stone and sheathing the sword he stood.
  • I nodded, sheathing one of my swords to use my hand to wipe my face clear of tears.
2 (often be sheathed in) Encase (something) in a close-fitting or protective covering: her legs were sheathed in black stockings
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  • Some vehicles intended for testing on public roads are sheathed in so much black leather and vinyl that they resemble a dominatrix on wheels.
  • The connector is sheathed in a black mesh, and is very long, about six feet long.
  • His feet were sheathed in black, silk socks while a black bow tie hung undone around his neck.


Late Middle English: from sheath.

Words that rhyme with sheathe

bequeath, breathe, enwreathe, Meath, seethe, teethe, wreathe

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