What is the difference between sheath and scabbard?

sheath | scabbard |


As nouns the difference between sheath and scabbard

is that sheath is a scabbard; a holster for a sword while scabbard is the sheath of a sword.

As a verb sheath

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

sheath

English

Alternative forms

* sheathe

Noun

(sheaths)
  • A scabbard; a holster for a sword.
  • 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.
  • The insulating outer cover of an electrical cable.
  • A tight-fitting dress.
  • (British) A condom.
  • The foreskin of certain animals, e.g. dogs and horses.
  • The base of a leaf when sheathing or investing a stem or branch, as in grasses.
  • One of the elytra of an insect.
  • Synonyms

    * (scabbard) scabbard * (long case) ** case ** casing ** cover ** covering ** envelope * (tight-fitting dress) * See also

    Verb

  • To put an object (especially a weapon, in particular, a sword) into its sheath.
  • * John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther
  • But when his foe lies prostrate on the plain, / He sheaths his paws, uncurls his angry mane, / And pleased with bloodless honours of the day, / Walks over and disdains th' inglorious prey.

    Antonyms

    * unsheath

    Derived terms

    * resheath * resheathe

    Anagrams

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    scabbard

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (senseid) The sheath of a sword.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IX
  • I had had to discard my rifle before I commenced the rapid descent of the cliff, so that now I was armed only with a hunting knife, and this I whipped from its scabbard as Kho leaped toward me.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To put an object (especially a sword) into its scabbard.
  • * Suddenly he scabbarded his sabre.
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