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

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And in some of these caecilians, scientists have found that the young will begin feeding on their mother before being born by gnawing away at the swollen lining of her oviduct. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Caecilians," 27 June 2019 Synthetic materials may even confer some advantages over natural ones; sparrows and finches, for instance, have been known to stuff cigarette butts into the lining of their nests as a means of warding off parasitic mites. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Found: A Bees’ Nest Built Entirely of Plastic Waste," 7 June 2019 Again, this is a bigger topic, but when the lining of your gut becomes more permeable, undigested food particles can slide into your blood stream triggering an immune system response. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies," 15 May 2019 Texas Children's doctors on Jan. 13 separated the two girls, who shared their chest wall, lining of the heart, diaphragm and liver. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Second of formerly conjoined twins discharged from Texas Children's hospital," 26 Apr. 2018 Blood vessels in the brain are tiny and fragile, about 2 to 3 millimeters in diameter and of thinner composition than other vessels, with less lining. Hillary Davis,, "Stroke survivors of all ages celebrate and thrive at gathering in Fountain Valley," 6 June 2019 Shoes with thick linings mimic neuropathy, threatening balance and a steady gait. Beth Thames |,, "Feeling old? So is Agnes," 5 June 2019 Made from weather-resistant, waxed sailcloth with a comfortable flannel lining, the jacket will only look better with age. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 Mary-Kate wore a two-piece ensemble while Ashley wore a long-sleeve gown with yellow lining. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson Were Twinning (Literally) at the Met Gala," 6 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce lining (audio) \

Kids Definition of lining

: material that covers an inner surface a coat lining

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