from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To insert into or provide with a sheath.
- transitive v. To retract (a claw) into a sheath.
- transitive v. To enclose with a protective covering; encase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To put something, such as a knife, into a sheath
- v. To encase something with a protective covering
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case.
- transitive v. To fit or furnish, as with a sheath.
- transitive v. To case or cover with something which protects, as thin boards, sheets of metal, and the like.
- transitive v. To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put into a sheath or scabbard; inclose in or cover with or as with a sheath or case: as, to sheathe a sword or dagger.
- To protect by a casing or covering; cover over or incase, as with armor, boards, iron, sheets of copper, or the like.
- To cover up or hide.
- To render less sharp or keen; mask; dull.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
- v. cover with a protective sheathing
- v. enclose with a sheath
Middle English schethen, from schethe, sheath; see sheath.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)