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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Travelers looking to experience more than just the island’s idyllic beaches can opt for more adventurous activities including sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, ATV tours, or zip-lining, to name a few. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "8 Last Minute Labor Day Destinations You Can Still Book Today," 29 Aug. 2019 Whatever peak the boys use for zip-lining, the girls also use. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio girls, aiming for Eagle Scout, break the gender barrier at camp," 30 July 2019 Watch as IndyStar's Hamilton County reporter Natalia Contreras tries her hand at zip lining. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "10 things to do and try in Hamilton County before summer ends," 24 July 2019 Some nearby activities, including boating and zip-lining, cost extra. Alison Darosa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "July travel deals for Universal Studios, Disney World, Waikiki Beach," 3 July 2019 Stop by Berea throughout those days for carnival rides, food, zip lining and paddle boat rides., "Frostville Museum reflects life in the 19th century: Olmsted Dates and Data," 28 June 2019 Families can hike or bike the city’s riverside trails or head to craggy Lookout Mountain for zip-lining, hiking, and city vistas. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Today I'm Obsessed With ...," 22 June 2019 The 35-year-old used floating shelves to create the cat playground with carpet lining. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Hidden Potential Star Jasmine Roth Built Adorable Cat Shelves for These Lucky Kitties," 12 Aug. 2019 Made of 100% poly-straw with breathable cotton lining, the hat has an internal drawstring to adjust the fit. Jean Chen Smith,, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 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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