Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English schethen, from schethe, sheath; see sheath.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He slipped the sword sheathe back into his sash and took out the gun.

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  • Her small hand seized the end of his sword sheathe, checking him.

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  • Caris slipped his sword sheathe from its sash, holding it loosely in his left hand, his right held ready at his side.

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  • My footclaws sheathe in and slide out over and over again as I think.

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  • A fantastic result would be for Rand to sheathe the sword to take out Jaime, and both end up dead on the battlefield.

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  • A guttural sound broke from his chest when he felt her sheathe tugging him deeper, its slick clench undeniable.

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  • That way, Paul, Araucaria and their cohorts will sheathe their claws and go back to being pussycats!

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  • A tall slender woman in a dove gray one-shouldered sheathe dress stood up from a table in the house.

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  • In an era of technological advances, it would seem engineers could design a keyboard resistant to the detritus that begins to collect between keys, that unholy sheathe of dust and dead skin particles collecting at the base of my “P.”

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  • Is he entitled to a warning that the sword with which he has been playing, and is about to unsuccessfully attempt to sheathe, might be sharp?

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