lin·​ing | \ ˈlī-niŋ How to pronounce lining (audio) \

Definition of lining

1 : material that lines or that is used to line especially the inner surface of something (such as a garment)
2 : the act or process of providing something with a lining

Examples of lining in a Sentence

The coat had a soft lining. the lining of the bladder
Recent Examples on the Web This includes the side-lining of local stakeholders and the lack of coordination with the relevant bureaucracies. Biruk Terrefe, Quartz Africa, "Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about Ethiopia’s spatial justice and urban design," 25 June 2020 The lining is made of 100 percent cotton and the shell is 100 percent polyester. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "Need a new face mask for coronavirus protection? Here are some of the best on Amazon," 25 June 2020 Dimensions are 8′' W x 4.5′' H and is 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex, while the lining is 100 percent. Mark Heim |, al, "Need face masks? Deals on Tie-dye, camo, adjustable and kids’ options for sale," 22 June 2020 According to Rohr’s medical records, the projectile fractured her skull, caused bleeding beneath the outer lining of her brain and ripped a deep gash across her scalp that took nine stitches to close. USA Today, "Fractured skulls, lost eyes: Police break their own rules when shooting protesters with 'rubber bullets'," 19 June 2020 Simply scoop the waste into the container and the handle seals the smell inside the plastic lining. Popular Science, "Gadgets that make pet owners’ lives easier," 19 June 2020 This year’s Austin, Texas Miss Juneteenth pageant winner, Kennede Wallace, waved at the crowd in triumph, draped in an ivory fur cape with sateen lining. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Miss Juneteenth Is Your New Fave Pageant Movie, Mother-Daughter Drama, and Celebration of Black Women All in One," 19 June 2020 Robinson reprises the role for the scene, and makes a few references to his iconic jean jacket with the sherpa lining that he's seen wearing throughout Love, Simon — and on the film's poster. Martha Sorren,, "This Is Exactly How Much Love, Simon Connection You’ll See In Love, Victor," 17 June 2020 Leatherology's take on the tech case includes a zippered mesh pocket, elastic loops for cords, and water-resistant lining. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Stylish Leather Goods Make Perfect Father’s Day Gifts — and They’re 20% Off Right Now," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of lining

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lining was in the 14th century

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“Lining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lining

: material that covers the inner surface of something


lin·​ing | \ ˈlī-niŋ How to pronounce lining (audio) \

Kids Definition of lining

: material that covers an inner surface a coat lining

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