sheathe

The verb sheathe means to place in a sheath. What's a sheath? Well, that's any kind of protective covering.

With that extra "e" on the end sheathe gives off a very old English vibe. Perhaps that's because all those knights were often sheathing their swords so as not to scare the fair ladies. Those knights were also sheathed in armor when going into battle or setting off to joust. These days, with medieval armaments in low demand, not much gets sheathed — except maybe the kitchen knives in the knife block or your cat's claws when they retract.

Primary Meanings of sheathe

1.
v
enclose with a sheath
2.
v
plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
Full Definitions of sheathe
1

v enclose with a sheath

sheathe a sword”
Antonyms:
unsheathe
draw from a sheath or scabbard
Type of:
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

v cover with a protective sheathing

sheathe her face”
Types:
invaginate
sheathe
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
2

v plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh

Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

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