coat·​ing | \ ˈkō-tiŋ How to pronounce coating (audio) \

Definition of coating

1 : cloth for coats
2 : coat, covering

Examples of coating in a Sentence

The fabric has a coating that prevents liquids from soaking through. A light coating of snow had fallen. There was a coating of ice on the pond.
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Except, of course, a series of critics popped up in her mentions, objecting to her sugar-coating technique. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Is Done With Unsolicited Cooking Advice: "Make Your Own Thank You Goodbye"," 29 July 2019 The lenses are polarized and have anti-scratch and anti-salt-water coatings. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Occasion," 5 July 2019 Now, company executives have to show the market that PPG can boost falling domestic sales of paint to homeowners and builders while also investing in the research and development needed to expand its industrial-coatings business. ... Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Paint Maker Aims to Shake the Sales Blues," 2 July 2019 The show kicks the movie's murderous plot into overdrive while candy-coating some of the edginess in sentiment. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "‘Heathers: The Musical’ puts Generation X nostalgia front and center," 24 June 2019 The Dutch paint-and-coatings group valued the acquisition at €10.1bn ($12.6bn). The Economist, "Business this week," 28 Mar. 2018 Spring has sprung, and Markle gets points for pulling power-coating into a whole new season. Courtney Shea, The Cut, "A Definitive Ranking of Meghan Markle’s Power Coats," 27 Mar. 2018 Sherwin-Williams, which manufactures, develops, distributes and sells paints, coatings and related products, was founded in 1866 by Edward Williams and Henry Sherwin. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "Sherwin-Williams looking for new headquarters, company confirms," 12 Sep. 2019 Further west, the NWS Reno shared a photo from a Nevada DOT camera from about 8,550 feet along Mt. Rose Highway near Lake Tahoe that showed a light coating of snow along a roadway. Fox News, "First snow of season falls in Utah, Wyoming as mountain areas of Nevada see light accumulation," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of coating

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coating

: a thin layer or covering of something


coat·​ing | \ ˈkō-tiŋ How to pronounce coating (audio) \

Kids Definition of coating

: coat entry 1 sense 3, covering The stairs have a coating of ice.

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