from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To insert into or provide with a sheath.
  • transitive verb To retract (a claw) into a sheath.
  • transitive verb To enclose with a protective covering; encase.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case.
  • transitive verb To fit or furnish, as with a sheath.
  • transitive verb To case or cover with something which protects, as thin boards, sheets of metal, and the like.
  • transitive verb rare To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles.
  • transitive verb to make peace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To put something, such as a knife, into a sheath
  • verb To encase something with a protective covering

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
  • verb cover with a protective sheathing
  • verb enclose with a sheath


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English schethen, from schethe, sheath; see sheath.]



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