AskDefine | Define sheath

Dictionary Definition



1 a protective covering for a knife or sword
2 an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part [syn: case]
3 a dress suitable for formal occasions [syn: cocktail dress]

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  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. A tight-fitting dress.
  4. A condom


long case
  • Dutch: huls
  • French: gaine (for a knife), étui
  • German: Hülle
  • Italian: guaina
  • Russian: футляр
  • Spanish: envoltura
  • Swedish: fodral
tight-fitting dress
a condom
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  1. To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.


Derived terms


put (a sword) into its sheath
put (an object) into its sheath
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Extensive Definition

Sheath may refer to:
  • Scabbard, a container for a sword or other large blade
  • Condom, a kind of contraception
  • Vagina, the internal structure of the female genitalia
  • Koteka, a penis sheath worn by some natives of New Guinea
  • Debye sheath, a layer of a plasma in physics
  • The outer covering of a cable
  • The leaf sheath of some grasses
sheath in German: Scheide
sheath in Low German: Scheed
sheath in Polish: Pochwa

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Leatherette, Leatheroid, case, casing, coat, cuticle, dermis, encasement, fell, fleece, flesh, fur, furring, hide, imitation fur, imitation leather, integument, jacket, leather, leather paper, outer layer, outer skin, pelt, peltry, rawhide, rind, sheathing, skin, skins, tegument, vair
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