Sheath definition

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A covering or receptacle resembling this, as the membrane around a muscle, a leaf base enveloping a stem of grass, etc.
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A contoured holder for the blade of a knife, sword, etc.
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An enveloping tubular structure, such as the tissue that encloses a muscle or nerve fiber.
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The definition of a sheath is a case for a knife or blade, or a tube-shaped structure that wraps around for protection, or a close-fitting dress.

An example of a sheath is a case for a sword.

An example of a sheath is the tissue that protects a muscle fiber.

An example of a sheath is a curve hugging cocktail dress.

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(biology) An enveloping tubular structure, such as the base of a grass leaf that surrounds the stem or the tissue that encloses a muscle or nerve fiber.
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A close-fitting dress.
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A condom.
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A usually close-fitting case or covering for a blade, as of a sword.
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Any of various similar coverings.
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A woman's closefitting dress.
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An enveloping tubular structure, such as the base of a grass leaf that surrounds the stem or the tissue that encloses a muscle or nerve fiber.
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A scabbard; a holster for a sword.
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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.
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(UK) A condom.
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The foreskin of certain animals, e.g. dogs and horses.
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To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sheath
Plural:
sheaths

Origin of sheath

  • Middle English schethe from Old English scēath skei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English s(c)heth(e), from Old English scÄ“aþ, from Proto-Germanic *skaiþiz, possibly from a root skaiþ- ("split, divide"), related to *skaiþanÄ… (“separate"). Cognate with Dutch schede, Low German scheed, German Scheide, Danish skede, Norwegian skjede, Icelandic skeið.

    From Wiktionary