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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The tag was dangling off the neck (still is), but the lining had been stitched and restitched by hand. Bridget Burns, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Vintage Calvin Klein Duster Coat," 15 May 2019 Aside from the lining and shoulder pads, the rest is upcycled, including nearly 1,000 bottlecaps pinned onto the suit, of course, which Uribe sourced from one of his interns who also works at a restaurant. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Big Freedia’s Bottlecap-Studded Tuxedo Is a Sustainable Showstopper," 6 May 2019 Despite outward appearances, however, there are plenty of updated conveniences to be found, including a padded sleeve that'll hold a 15-inch laptop, a media pocket complete with headphone port, and a padded mesh lining to help keep your back cool. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Technically speaking, myo means muscle and fascial refers to fascia, the thin lining that wraps every muscle in the body. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of invasive breast cancer, and begins in the lining of the milk ducts before spreading to the surrounding tissue. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen chooses homeschooling to help paralyzed mom diagnosed with 2 cancers," 27 Aug. 2018 Most cases start as noncancerous polyps in the lining of the large intestine or the rectum. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Exercise and diet can help lower your risk of colon cancer," 22 Jan. 2018 Drapes are fabric panels that are sold in pairs and usually come with a lining. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 For example, the Christian Louboutin Paloma bag still features the same structural design and the brand’s signature red lining, but this latest iteration gets an embellished facelift with a sweet floral motif. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 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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