wa·​ter·​proof·​ing ˈwȯ-tər-ˌprü-fiŋ How to pronounce waterproofing (audio)
: the act or process of making something waterproof
: the condition of being made waterproof
: something (such as a coating) capable of imparting waterproofness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What is structural waterproofing? Ray Schultz, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Look for Gore-Tex for quality waterproofing. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Nov. 2020 The Mountain Hardware Stretch Ozonic Jacket strikes an ideal balance of waterproofing and mobility for outdoor adventure. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2023 These are a relatively affordable alternative to Gore-Tex bibs, with the same level of waterproofing and breathability. Aaron H. Bible, Popular Mechanics, 24 Jan. 2023 For the highest mix of waterproofing and breathability, consider genuine GORE-TEX pants. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 12 Dec. 2022 Otherwise, those hiking in mild, dry conditions can use off-brand waterproofing. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023 Further waterproofing is achieved by a non-PFC durable water repellent finish. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2023 Other tarps materials like canvas and nylon are also very strong but don’t always perform as well in packability and waterproofing. Field & Stream Commerce Team, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of waterproofing was in 1820

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“Waterproofing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterproofing. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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