sheathing vs sheath

Discussion in 'English Only' started by baab, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. baab Senior Member

    The statue is made of a sheathing of pure copper, hung on a framework of steel (originally puddled iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf (originally made of copper and later altered to hold glass panes).

    I think "sheath" also works here. Is this right?
  2. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    In my opinion, yes, you're right.
  3. baab Senior Member

    Thanks Parla!
  4. Linkway Senior Member

    British English
    In my view, a "sheath" uusually refers to an object known specifically as a sheath, e.g. a sword sheath.

    "Sheathing" usually refers to something that serves to cover or protect (like a sheath does) but is not called a sheath.

    For example, heavy duty electrical cables may have steel sheething to protect the plastic insulators and copper conductors inside.

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