Definition of sheathe in English:



  • 1Put (a weapon such as a knife or sword) into a sheath.

    • ‘He sheathed the newly gotten sword and placed it in the box once again.’
    • ‘After sheathing his sword, Robert struggled to catch his breath.’
    • ‘Pocketing the stone and sheathing the sword he stood.’
    • ‘She relaxed, sheathing her sword to show her compliance.’
    • ‘Clumsily, he sheathed both of his swords and turned to get Vincent and Emma.’
    • ‘Daniel split his weapon and sheathed the two halves and spread his feet.’
    • ‘He handed me the sword that was sheathed for me to strap onto my back.’
    • ‘But no more than a few strides towards the stationary cart, she yanked hard on the reins, sheathing her sword that had been loosened, partially drawn out into her grip.’
    • ‘He released her wrists and slowly stood, sheathing his sword.’
    • ‘I nodded, sheathing one of my swords to use my hand to wipe my face clear of tears.’
    • ‘‘We'd have both died had that been a real match,’ the older man continued in a normal voice, sheathing his sword again.’
    • ‘She sheathed her swords and notched an arrow onto the string of her bow.’
    • ‘After cursing his opponent several times, the man sheathed his knife and cracked his knuckles.’
    • ‘He stuffed the package into his pocket and sheathed his knife, wiping off the blood and brain matter on the back of Nick's shirt.’
    • ‘He sheathed his sword quickly, bringing his pistols out and unleashing a hail of bullets at his assailant.’
    • ‘I followed shortly after him after sheathing the knife, and Monique, after having a brief word with the bartender, returned last.’
    • ‘‘We can't risk going slow,’ said Ben, sheathing his sword.’
    • ‘He murmured softly, sighing and sheathing the sword.’
    • ‘Setting the crossbow on the counter and sheathing his sword, he moved with surprising speed and agility to replace the bar across the door.’
    • ‘His cloak was whipped with the wind underneath his sword, which was sheathed on his back.’
    cover, wrapping, covering, packaging, paper
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    1. 1.1often be sheathed in Encase (something) in a close-fitting or protective covering.
      ‘her legs were sheathed in black stockings’
      • ‘The man's right hand was sheathed in a white rubber glove but the other hand was free.’
      • ‘Some vehicles intended for testing on public roads are sheathed in so much black leather and vinyl that they resemble a dominatrix on wheels.’
      • ‘As he cuts away the tentorium, where the membrane sheathing the brain gathers and parts, he sees it as ‘a pale delicate structure of beauty, like the little whirl of a veiled dancer’.’
      • ‘The connector is sheathed in a black mesh, and is very long, about six feet long.’
      • ‘These are just heaps of noble materials sheathing insignificant forms and insipid patterns or inappropriate functions that could have been rejected.’
      • ‘His beautifully sculpted body was sheathed in tan breeches and a white lined shirt, half opened at the neck.’
      • ‘There are clear formal and material similarities, especially in the use of translucent glass cladding that sheathes the building in a diaphanous membrane.’
      • ‘Our brains are literally made of fat and our nerves are sheathed in thin membranes of it.’
      • ‘Kerra paused at the edge of her driveway, fear sheathing her heart in ice.’
      • ‘The ‘edges’ are there because of the way the leaves meet each other along their edges, while the ‘round’ rushes usually have one leaf sheathing the stem.’
      • ‘She carves from wood, then sheathes her forms in various metals, bringing both organic and cultural life cycles into play.’
      • ‘Early in the morning the mountains are usually sheathed in clouds of mist.’
      • ‘He dropped his arm, twisting away from her and sheathing it in one liquidy movement.’
      • ‘The exterior of the building is sheathed in embossed and perforated copper panels.’
      • ‘In essence, Gehry sheathes a timber box in stainless steel.’
      • ‘In all, 19 pages guide you - from locating and pouring of footings, to building the structure, sheathing the roof with cedar shingles, and topping it off with a decorative cupola.’
      • ‘His teeth were glinting in the twilight and his fingers were barely sheathed in skin.’
      • ‘These are men begging to be oppressed by the female leg, preferably sheathed in silk.’
      • ‘His feet were sheathed in black, silk socks while a black bow tie hung undone around his neck.’
      • ‘The women are all sheathed in such tight dresses that they have trouble walking to the stage.’
      contain, hold, store, cover
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Late Middle English: from sheath.