American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Nautical An exterior covering on the underwater part of a ship's hull that protects it against marine growths.
- n. The act of providing sheathing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who sheathes.
- n. That which sheathes, covers, or protects, or may be used for such purpose. Specifically
- n. A protection for the main deck of a whaling-vessel, as pine boards, about one inch in thickness, laid over the deck to prevent it from being cut up by the spades, being burned while trying out oil, etc.
- Inclosing by or as by a sheath: as, the sheathing base of a leaf; sheathing stipules, etc. See cut under sheath, 2.
- n. Something that wraps around or surrounds something, as a sheath encases its blade.
- v. present participle of sheathe.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Inclosing with a sheath.
- n. The casing or covering of a ship's bottom and sides; the materials for such covering.
- n. (Arch.) The first covering of boards on the outside wall of a frame house or on a timber roof; also, the material used for covering; ceiling boards in general.
- n. protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
“Yes, you can add corner bracing, but full house wood sheathing is best for resisting wind.”
“The pearly outer sheathing is translucent, obscuring the glowing interior and giving it a muffled shimmer.”
“And on top of that, some of the sheathing, which is important, was not the right sheathing.”
“The frame above and below is covered with half-inch cedar sheathing, which is not less than six inches in width.”
“According to Horner's theory, many other dinosaurs also had this kind of sheathing and also may have been diversely colored" said Parsons.”
“Tonight, I'll go home and shower off the industrial concealer sheathing the track scars on my arms and the superfluous tattoos on my shoulders.”
“He supposedly cut through the vinyl siding and just kicked through the drywall, the sheathing being a bit on the scarce side.”
“I built it of 6 steel beams, with Densglass (gypsum and fiberglass) outer sheathing, which was stuccoed over.”
“So I agreed to the copper brick sheathing, trusting the architect, and in the end it looked beautiful, a rich, dark patina with a subtle texture.”
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