What does the word sheath mean?

Usage examples for sheath

  1. I shiver'd as if one a knife Should pull forth of the sheath. – The Village Wife's Lament by Maurice Hewlett
  2. " Poor sheath, it is much worn," he wrote of himself from the dreary land of marsh and forest into which he had come while laying down a chain of posts between Gondokoro and the Lakes. – The Story of General Gordon by Jeanie Lang
  3. When Odysseus comes to their rescue she tries to allure him too, saying, " Nay, then, pat up your blade within its sheath, and let us now approach our bed that there we too may join in love and learn to trust each other." – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck