sheath

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Etymology 1[edit]

A princely Mughal sabre with a jewelled sheath (sense 1) or scabbard.
A diagram showing electrical wires with sheaths (sense 4) of different colours.
CNN journalist Campbell Brown in a sheath dress (sense 6).

From Middle English sheth, shethe (holder for a sword, knife, etc., scabbard, sheath) [and other forms], from Old English sċēaþ (sheath),[1] from Proto-Germanic *skaiþiz (sheath; covering), from Proto-Indo-European *skey- (to dissect, split) (possibly from the notion of a split stick with a sword inserted). The English word is cognate with Danish skede, Dutch schede, Icelandic skeið, German Scheide, Low German scheed, Norwegian skjede.

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sheath (plural sheaths)

  1. A holster for a sword; a scabbard.
  2. (by extension) Anything that has a similar shape to a scabbard that is used to hold an object that is longer than it is wide.
    Synonyms: case, casing, cover, covering, envelope
  3. (botany) The base of a leaf when sheathing or investing a branch or stem, as in grasses.
  4. (electrical engineering) The insulating outer cover of an electrical cable.
  5. (entomology) One of the elytra of an insect.
  6. (fashion) A tight-fitting dress.
  7. (zoology) The foreskin of certain animals (for example, dogs and horses).
  8. (Britain, informal) A condom.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:condom
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Etymology 2[edit]

A variant of sheathe.

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

  1. Alternative spelling of sheathe
    Antonym: unsheath
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