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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There's more than enough here for adventurers, as well, like kayaking, rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 Hormonal IUDs use progestin to thicken cervical mucus and thin your endometrial (uterine) lining. Jessica Shepherd, SELF, "An Ob/Gyn Explains if You Actually Need to Check Your IUD Strings," 8 Sep. 2018 In the mice that recapitulate MS, testosterone influences the behavior of mast cells in the lymph nodes, central nervous system, and lining of the brain. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Testosterone may protect men from autoimmune diseases," 2 Feb. 2018 The Duchess, who's due to give birth to her first child in April, looked cozy and chic in a black suede coat with a fur collar and lining. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Play Hockey During Their Royal Visit to Stockholm," 30 Jan. 2018 Due to their connection at the torso, the babies shared a liver, lungs, diaphragm, colon, pelvis and lining of the heart. Alyssa Fiorentino, Woman's Day, "Doctors Perform 26-Hour Surgery To Separate Conjoined Twins," 23 Feb. 2015 The brand claims the PEVA lining is mold- and mildew-resistant. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "This $7 Shower Cap Is My Favorite Amazon Find," 1 Feb. 2019 She and Bradley had the lining of the dress removed to underscore that fact. Alex Frank, Vogue, "This Breakout Star Dedicates Her Red Carpet Win to the Trans Community at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Not just any run-of-the-mill, tickle-in-the-throat cough, bronchitis is a respiratory condition in which the lining of your bronchial tubes become inflamed, the Mayo Clinic explains. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Bronchitis Symptoms Everyone Should Know," 28 Dec. 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 How to pronounce lining (audio) \

Kids Definition of lining

: material that covers an inner surface a coat lining

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