transitive verbsheathed, sheath′ing
- to put into a sheath or scabbard
- to enclose in or protect with a case or covering: wood sheathed with tin
- to thrust (a sword, knife, etc.) into flesh
- to retract (claws)
Origin of sheatheMiddle English schethen from schethe
transitive verbsheathed, sheath·ing, sheathes
- To insert into or provide with a sheath.
- To retract (a claw) into a sheath.
- To enclose with a protective covering; encase.
Origin of sheatheMiddle English schethen from schethe sheath ; see sheath .
(third-person singular simple present sheathes, present participle sheathing, simple past and past participle sheathed)