coat·ing | \ˈkō-tiŋ \

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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The shop, Trident Defense, operated by Tyson Cobb, is currently located at 555 Plate Drive and purchases and sells firearms as well as provides custom firearm-coating services. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 However, a thin coating of ash is possible as much as 30 miles from the crater. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Fine, glass tendrils — Pele’s hair — are flying around Big Island after explosive eruption," 11 June 2018 When the flower is as flat as possible, use the paintbrush to brush a thin coating of additional egg white over the entire surface of the cookie. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "The Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe Gets Made Over With Edible Flowers," 25 May 2016 In addition to fuel efficiency there are two other potential benefits of a superhydrophobic coating. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Testing Superhydrophobic Hull Coatings For Submarines," 5 July 2018 Work will include bridge deck spot repairs, joint repairs, micro-milling of the street surface on the bridge, applying a thin surface overlay on the road and a protective coating for the sidewalk. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Drivers urged to avoid Route 64 bridge in St. Charles during construction," 3 July 2018 The polymer core of each filament is typically made out of Kevlar or Zylon, while the surrounding coating is silver. Asimina Kiourti, Scientific American, "Embroidering Electronics into the Next Generation of “Smart” Fabrics," 13 Mar. 2018 That’s been proven time and again in spattery battle scenes, and in the by-now traditional strategy of a human coating himself in zombie innards to sneak through an overwhelming crowd of the walkers. Chicago Tribune,, "Exasperation time? "The Walking Dead" this week tests our patience, its own rules," 11 Mar. 2018 The hard coating was nearly indestructible like shiny armor. Minda Honey, Longreads, "Politics as a Defense Against Heartbreak," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coating

: a thin layer or covering of something


coat·ing | \ˈkō-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of coating

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

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