clad·​ding | \ ˈkla-diŋ How to pronounce cladding (audio) \

Definition of cladding

: something that covers or overlays specifically : metal coating bonded to a metal core

Examples of cladding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exterior metal cladding has defined the massive, six-story building since the 1970s, when the former department store was converted into a warehouse. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 Completed between 1962 and 1966, the houses look like typical mid-century modern buildings from the street side, with overhanging flat roofs, stucco and wood cladding, and simple window openings. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The complex’s visual smorgasbord of ornament was designed by nine sculptors and produced by the Federal Seaboard Terra Cotta Company, which also made the cladding for the McGraw-Hill Building, including its celebrated crown. New York Times, 20 May 2022 The cladding will turn gray with time; the south side, which is exposed to more direct sunlight, will transform more quickly than the north. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 From outside, the tank, with its long ribbon window and plaster cladding, has been transformed into a slick neutral square. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 This is the outdoorsy member of the Taycan family, as evidenced by the seemingly requisite chunky black plastic cladding applied beneath the bumpers and atop the wheel arches. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2022 The next step was insulating the van, before installing the electrical system and cladding. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Rain and snow had left damp patches on the exterior cladding, which still had the scent of the sawmill. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cladding

1936, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2022

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“Cladding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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