Sheathing meaning

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A layer of boards or of other wood or fiber materials applied to the outer studs, joists, and rafters of a building to strengthen the structure and serve as a base for an exterior weatherproof cladding.
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An exterior covering on the underwater part of a ship's hull that protects it against marine growths.
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The act of providing sheathing.
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The act of one that sheathes.
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Something that sheathes or encases; casing; specif., the inner covering of boards or waterproof material on the roof or outside wall of a frame house.
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Something that wraps around or surrounds something, as a sheath encases its blade.

When the sheathing was on it suddenly looked like a real house: you could see where the outer walls would be even if they still needed the siding and trim added.

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Present participle of sheathe.
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