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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The gown featured layered lace appliqué over a swiss dot base with a nude lining, along with an illusion neckline and lace cap sleeves. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Shared All the Details From Her Wedding–and Her Gown is Breathtaking," 2 Nov. 2018 Darker red blood also starts to appear as your uterine lining shedding slows down, signaling the near-end of your period. Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Period Blood Color Guide: What Colored Blood Means For Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 These are put in wooden boxes with cork lining, and those are put in stainless steel with a bolt-down lid. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How the Experts Identify Chemical Weapons and Prove an Attack," 7 Aug. 2018 This easy-carry cooler can hold up to 20 cans or an entire meal, and has padded shoulder straps, a water-resistant, antimicrobial lining, and a zipper pull that doubles as a bottle opener. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018 Recycled pop bottles are made into carpets and seat linings, and cotton shoddy—used to make blue jeans—is recycled and turned into sound insulation. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 In the winter, the small-batch offerings include a Wicked Good Boot that feels like wearing slippers, a Lounger Boot with buckles and shearling lining, and a super-tall 16-inch boot lined with shearling. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "L.L. Bean Just Released Brand-New Designs for Its Beloved Duck Boots," 7 Apr. 2017 Extra points for the subtle ruffles, the partial lining, and the seasonal plaid print. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "This Prairie Dress Got Me 40 Compliments in 4 Hours—and It’s on Sale for Under $50," 24 Sep. 2018 But your body doesn’t immediately get the thin-lining memo and spring into action. Korin Miller, SELF, "Spotting on Birth Control? Here’s Why (and When to See a Doctor)," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of lining

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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