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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For those unfamiliar, tube mascara involves a formula that uses a type of polymer to create a physical coating around the lash, physically lengthening and thickening each strand. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Is the Only True Non-Smudging Mascara I’ve Ever Tried," 27 Aug. 2018 Dutch company Akzo Nobel NV raised prices for its coatings by 7% in the third quarter, compared with a 5% increase in the second quarter. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "European Finance Chiefs Prepare for Slowing Growth, Trade Uncertainty," 9 Nov. 2018 It's also found in the filmy coating created by some face masks and peels. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 All three tanks showed signs of deterioration to their outer coating, records show. Vinny Vella,, "Fire marshal: Fatal Bensalem blast was accidentally triggered by shop-vac," 14 June 2018 The scent—a combo of light florals like jasmine, salted caramel, and pistachio—is probably the sexiest thing ever, and the butter provides a thick coating of hydrating moisturizers to leave my normally dry skin soft for hours on end. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "This Foot Cream Is Actually the Best Hand Cream of All Time," 12 Oct. 2018 The aim of Argonne's April test was to use the Oleo Sponge to remove oil sheen, a coating of oil on water that is generally only one micron thick. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real-world test," 16 Aug. 2018 They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of compressed sawdust. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 The blaze, which began Saturday afternoon and at times was scorching an average of 1,000 acres an hour, sent huge plumes of smoke and ash into the air that turned Bay Area skies orange and left a coating of ash on cars throughout Sacramento. Julia Sclafani And Sam Stanton, sacbee, "County Fire is the state's largest blaze, tearing through dry grass, oak and brush," 2 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of coating

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

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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