sheath

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From Middle English s(c)heth(e), from Old English scēaþ, from Proto-Germanic *skaiþiz, possibly from a root skaiþ- ("split, divide"), related to *skaiþaną (separate). Cognate with Dutch schede, Low German scheed, German Scheide, Danish skede, Norwegian skjede, Icelandic skeið.

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sheath (plural sheaths)

  1. A scabbard; a holster for a sword.
  2. Anything that has a similar shape to a scabbard for a sword that is for the purpose of holding an object that is longer than it is wide; a case.
  3. The insulating outer cover of an electrical cable.
  4. A tight-fitting dress.
  5. (UK) A condom.
  6. The foreskin of certain animals, e.g. dogs and horses.
  7. The base of a leaf when sheathing or investing a stem or branch, as in grasses.
  8. One of the elytra of an insect.

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sheath (third-person singular simple present sheaths, present participle sheathing, simple past and past participle sheathed)

  1. To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.
    • John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther
      But when his foe lies prostrate on the plain, / He sheaths his paws, uncurls his angry mane, / And pleased with bloodless honours of the day, / Walks over and disdains th' inglorious prey.

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