lin·ing | \ˈlī-niŋ \

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

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She was admitted overnight with a preliminary diagnosis of colitis, which is the inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. Gul Madison,, "Medical Mystery: What caused healthy woman's severe diarrhea, abdominal pain?," 12 Jan. 2018 It was shaped like an egg with an interior clay lining and an exterior of solid steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Brooks said this increase is to fund system upgrades — such as the lining and replacement of sewer pipes, where there is significant backlog. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee is hiking its sewer and water rates by 35 percent," 28 June 2018 The Colchester Soccer Club is seeking bids for the weekly lining of two full-size soccer fields and 11 smaller size fields for the 2018 season: July 29 through Nov. 3. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 26 June 2018 However, only about 50 percent of mammary tumors are cancerous, with a majority of these cases being carcinoma (arising from the lining of the ducts in the mammary gland), Wustefeld-Janssens said. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Mammary tumors in dogs," 20 June 2018 Some clever users may also have sewn the drugs inside the lining of clothes. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Not even the Bible is safe. Here's where experts say some kids hide their drugs," 9 Apr. 2018 The substance is also found in food can linings and various plastic items. Lauren Coleman-lochner,, "Trader Joe's to Remove Controversial Chemicals From Receipts," 17 Jan. 2018 To prevent dangerous chemicals from seeping out, the city had to buy a new lining for the landfill walls roughly every two years, at a cost of $1.2million each time. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of lining

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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every cloud has a silver lining

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English Language Learners Definition of lining

: material that covers the inner surface of something


lin·ing | \ˈlī-niŋ \

Kids Definition of lining

: material that covers an inner surface a coat lining

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one that holds something together

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