Sheath vs. Sheathe - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Sheath (noun)

    A scabbard; a holster for a sword.

  • Sheath (noun)

    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.

  • Sheath (noun)

    The insulating outer cover of an electrical cable.

  • Sheath (noun)

    A tight-fitting dress.

  • Sheath (noun)

    A condom.

  • Sheath (noun)

    The foreskin of certain animals, e.g. dogs and horses.

  • Sheath (noun)

    The base of a leaf when sheathing or investing a stem or branch, as in grasses.

  • Sheath (noun)

    One of the elytra of an insect.

  • Sheath (verb)

    To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.

  • Sheathe (verb)

    To put something, such as a knife, into a sheath.

  • Sheathe (verb)

    To encase something with a protective covering.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Sheath (noun)

    a close-fitting cover for the blade of a knife or sword.

  • Sheath (noun)

    a structure in living tissue which closely envelops another

    "the fatty sheath around nerve fibres"

  • Sheath (noun)

    a protective covering around an electric cable.

  • Sheath (noun)

    a woman's close-fitting dress.

  • Sheath (noun)

    a condom.

  • Sheathe (verb)

    put (a weapon such as a knife or sword) into a sheath

    "I sheathed my dagger"

    "when lion cubs strike out at one another, they keep their claws sheathed"

  • Sheathe (verb)

    encase (something) in a close-fitting or protective covering

    "her legs were sheathed in black stockings"

Webster Dictionary

  • Sheath (noun)

    A case for the reception of a sword, hunting knife, or other long and slender instrument; a scabbard.

  • Sheath (noun)

    Any sheathlike covering, organ, or part.

  • Sheathe

    To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case.

  • Sheathe

    To fit or furnish, as with a sheath.

  • Sheathe

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

  • Sheathe

    To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Sheath (noun)

    a protective covering for a knife or sword

  • Sheath (noun)

    an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part

  • Sheath (noun)

    a dress suitable for formal occasions

  • Sheathe (verb)

    cover with a protective sheathing;

    "sheathe her face"

  • Sheathe (verb)

    enclose with a sheath;

    "sheathe a sword"

  • Sheathe (verb)

    plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh

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