1. To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case. "The leopard . . . Keeps the claws of his fore feet turned up from the ground, and sheathed in the skin of his toes." (Grew) "'T is in my breast she sheathes her dagger now." (Dryden)

2. To fit or furnish, as with a sheath.

3. To case or cover with something which protects, as thin boards, sheets of metal, and the like; as, to sheathe a ship with copper.

4. To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles. To sheathe the sword, to make peace.

Origin: Sheathed; Sheating

Alternative forms: sheath.

(01 Mar 1998)

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