Definition of sheathing:
- Inclosing with a sheath; as, the sheathing leaves of grasses; the sheathing stipules of many polygonaceous plants.
- That which sheathes.
- The casing or covering of a ship's bottom and sides; the materials for such covering; as, copper sheathing.
- The first covering of boards on the outside wall of a frame house or on a timber roof; also, the material used for covering; ceiling boards in general.
Some of their most expert swimmers were one day discovered under the ships, drawing out the filling nails of the sheathing, which they performed very dexterously by means of a short stick, with a flint- stone fixed in the end of it.- "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
And the Gasconades and Politick, Promises made both to the Father and the Son of never sheathing the Sword with the Sham Attempts in their Favour, will be recorded in Antiquity, not as Arguments of his Christianity, but strong Lines of Policy how a Prince is to make use of all Occurrences to promote the welfare of his own People, nothing, being more successful in such junctures, than a Pretence of Religion, and assisting Persons in distress.- "Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718)", Daniel Defoe.
- "Our Pilots in the Air", Captain William B. Perry.