wa·​ter·​proof·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌprü-fiŋ How to pronounce waterproofing (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterproofing

1a : the act or process of making something waterproof
b : the condition of being made waterproof
2 : something (such as a coating) capable of imparting waterproofness

Examples of waterproofing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Try to avoid products with waterproofing or stain-repellency, which contain PFAS chemicals. Alden Wicker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just How Harmful are the Chemicals in Your Clothes?," 16 Oct. 2020 This high-strength sealer isn’t paint, but a polyester-polymer waterproofing coating that penetrates deep into the concrete and then cures to a hard plastic film. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Waterproof Your Basement," 12 Oct. 2020 The upper is made from leather, mesh, and nylon for the perfect combination of waterproofing and breathability. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Hiking Boots for Women, According to Footwear Pros," 7 Oct. 2020 What’s most impressive about the EarFun Free is the features: Bluetooth 5.0, both USB-C and wireless charging, and full waterproofing (IPX7), according to the earbuds’ specs. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Best headphones for Father’s Day," 5 June 2020 For flies and tarps, Young uses Nikwax SolarProof ($19), which adds waterproofing and prevents sun damage. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "How to Re-Waterproof Your Tent," 16 Dec. 2019 The company developed a vinyl mattress cover for truckers 16 years ago that includes a vinyl cover that provides waterproofing features needed by hospitals. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "Tempe fashion incubator pivots from designer clothes to protective equipment," 26 Mar. 2020 On the main floor, the dining room is lined in cedar panels, charred in the 18th-century Japanese waterproofing technique known as shou sugi ban, from which beautiful texture and warp also materialize. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Knickknacks and colorblocking: How Bay Area restaurants banish design blandness," 13 Mar. 2020 The upgrades include window replacements, dehumidifier installations, heating and air-condition system upgrades, and foundation waterproofing. Washington Post, "U-Md. installs sensors to monitor moisture a year after mold infestation," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of waterproofing

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Oct 2020

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“Waterproofing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterproofing. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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