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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Recent Examples on the Web At this point, the rice is edible but still bears its bran, the outer coating that is the distinction between brown and white rice. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The flavorful coating is seared onto the surface of the pork on a cast-iron griddle until the orange and thyme are crispy and charred., 20 Apr. 2021 To make the optional coating, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave in short, 10-second increments, stirring until smooth. Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 This cookie actually improves with freezing, however — the coating of icing hardens and turns this into a maple-y lollipop. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2021 This could produce accumulations ranging from a quick coating to an inch of snow to as much as half a foot in the typical snow belts, such as western portions of Michigan and southwestern New York, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 The city used its grant to fund the supply purchases and the powder coating; the school provided its labor free. John Laidler,, 11 Nov. 2021 The high heat would mix the ingredients together and create a coating on the outside of the hair. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The platinum anti-fog and anti-scratch coating instantly puts these glasses at the head of the class. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of coating

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coating was in 1768

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“Coating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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