What does sheath mean?

Definitions for sheath
ʃiθ; ʃiðzsheath

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sheath.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheathnoun

    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)

  2. sheath, casenoun

    an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part

  3. cocktail dress, sheathnoun

    a dress suitable for formal occasions


  1. sheathnoun

    A scabbard; a holster for a sword.

  2. sheathnoun

    Anything that has a similar shape to a scabbard for a sword that is for the purpose of holding an object that is longer than it is wide; a case.

  3. sheathnoun

    A tight-fitting dress.

  4. sheathnoun

    A condom.

  5. sheathnoun

    The foreskin of certain animals, e.g. dogs and horses.

  6. sheathverb

    To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.

  7. Etymology: sceaþ. Cognate with Old Norse skeið (pl) (> Danish skede), German Scheide.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sheathnoun

    The case of any thing; the scabbard of a weapon.

    Etymology: scæðe , Saxon.

    The dead knight’s sword out of his sheath he drew,
    With which he cut a lock off all their hair. Fa. Queen.

    Doth not each look a flash of light’ning feel,
    Which spares the body’s sheath, yet melts the steel? John Cleveland.

    Swords, by the lightning’s subtile force distill’d,
    And the cold sheath with running metal fill’d. Addison.

  2. To Sheath, To Sheatheverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This drawn but now against my sovereign’s breast,
    Before ’tis sheath’d, shall give him peace and rest. Edmund Waller.

    Those active parts of a body are of differing natures when sheath’d up, or wedged in amongst others in the texture of a concrete; and when extricated from these impediments. Boyle.

    In his hair one hand he wreaths,
    His sword, the other, in his bosom sheaths. John Denham.

    Is this her hate to him, his love to me!
    ’Tis in my breast she sheaths her dagger now. Dryden.

    The left foot naked, when they march to fight,
    But in a bull’s raw hide they sheath the right. Dryden.

    The leopard, and all of this kind as goes, keeps the claws of his forefeet turned up from the ground and sheathed in the skin of his toes, whereby he preserves them sharp for rapine, extending them only when he leaps at the prey. Nehemiah Grew.

    Other substances opposite to acrimony are called demulcent or mild; because they blunt or sheath those sharp salts as pease, and beans. Arbuthnot.

    There was no ink to colour Peter’s hat,
    Walter’s dagger was not come from sheathing. William Shakespeare.

    It were to be wished that the whole navy throughout were sheathed as some are. Walter Raleigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheathnoun

    a case for the reception of a sword, hunting knife, or other long and slender instrument; a scabbard

  2. Sheathnoun

    any sheathlike covering, organ, or part

  3. Sheathnoun

    the base of a leaf when sheathing or investing a stem or branch, as in grasses

  4. Sheathnoun

    one of the elytra of an insect

  5. Etymology: [OE. schethe, AS. sc, sce, sc; akin to OS. skia, D. scheede, G. scheide, OHG. sceida, Sw. skida, Dan. skede, Icel. skeiir, pl., and to E. shed, v.t., originally meaning, to separate, to part. See Shed.]


  1. Sheath

    Sheath is the third album by the British IDM act LFO, originally released on Warp Records in 2003. The track Moistly is feature as a playlist on the 2012 video game Lumines Electronic Symphony. "Freak" has been featured both in the 2005 film Hard Candy and in the opening credits of 2010 film Enter the Void.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheath

    shēth, n. a case for a sword or other long instrument: a scabbard: any thin defensive covering: a membrane covering a stem or branch: the wing-case of an insect.—v.t. Sheathe (th), to put into a sheath: to cover with a sheath or case: to enclose in a lining.—adj. Sheathed (th), provided with, or enclosed in, a sheath: (bot., zool., and anat.) having a sheath, vaginate.—ns. Sheath′ing (th), that which sheathes, esp. the covering of a ship's bottom; Sheath′-knife, a knife carried in a sheath from the waist.—adjs. Sheath′less; Sheath′-winged, having the wings encased in elytra: coleopterous; Sheath′y, sheath-like.—Sheathe the sword, to put an end to war. [A.S. scéth, scǽth; Ger. scheide, Ice. skeithir.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheath in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sheath in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Cutrona:

    The little pocket knives I had collected over the years were all at home in the drawer with my pepper spray. I needed something I could pull in less than a second, i sewed a knife sheath into the layers of my sports bra. I put it back on and realized it worked wonderfully. My confidence was back. I was not trying to come up with something that would kill. Just something that would give me a few seconds to get away.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    The shades of night were falling fast,As though an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,ExcelsiorHis brow was sad his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe accents of that unknown tongue,Excelsior

  3. President Muhammadu Buhari:

    I want to call on the militants to sheath their weapons and embrace dialogue with government, we are making contacts with everybody who is involved, the ones that we can identify, through them, the ones that we can't identify so that there is a lot more inclusiveness in this dialogue.

  4. Rajveer Purohit:

    You can imagine a balloon that gets filled up with water, and then you have this tense sheath that's surrounding the balloon, and that's what gives you the stiffness with an erection. And the fracture is a rupture of the balloon and the sheath surrounding the balloon, the vast majority of cases are one-sided, or unilateral, corporal ruptures. But sometimes Rajveer Purohit do have someone who's had a bilateral, or two-sided, corporal fracture involving the urethra.

  5. Lord Byron:

    For the sword outwears its sheath, And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause for breathe, And love itself have rest

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