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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There were concerns that the special coating on the U.S. Air Force’s new stealth bomber would melt in the rain. Samantha Masunagastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "30 years after the B-2 took flight, Northrop is applying lessons to a new stealth bomber," 21 Aug. 2019 Non-slip coating on the stairs, improved WiFi, wider seats, 600 TV screens and more for the historic facility. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Yes, Sports Illustrated ranked Stanford’s fake Tree over Colorado’s real buffalo (and loads more)," 16 Aug. 2019 In March, the FDA said BIA-ALCL is most likely caused by textured breast implants, which have a suede-like coating. Lauren Dunn, NBC News, "FDA to request recall of Allergan textured breast implants linked to cancer," 24 July 2019 The other issue is existing lead pipes have a coating on the inside of them that is developed from minerals put in the drinking water. Steve Schering,, "Risk of increased lead in water for 191 homes prompts Oak Park to provide $30k in water filters," 8 July 2019 Parchment paper has a silicone coating and is made for oven use. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Does a choking hazard stem from this?," 3 July 2019 Dixon's test consisted only of the framework, not the polycarbonate laminated screen that is meant to have an anti-reflective coating on the screen's interior, anti-fogging device and possible tear-offs. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon tests IndyCar's Aeroscreen prototype in simulator," 2 July 2019 The product also boasts an innovative bonding polymer, which, combined with the spirulina, mimics the coating of the keratin treatment. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "The IGK Good Behavior Smoothing Spray Is Like a Keratin Treatment in a Bottle," 28 July 2018 The coating is designed to prevent glass from shattering, which would keep an intruder from shooting it out and crawling through the space, Smith said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "After Parkland shooting, Fox Valley schools adding cameras, bullet-resistant glass and increased security checks," 7 Apr. 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 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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