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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coating mean? 

COATING (noun)
  The noun COATING has 4 senses:

1. a thin layer covering something
2. a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)
3. a heavy fabric suitable for coats
4. the work of applying something

  Familiarity information: COATING used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

COATING (noun)

Sense 1coating [BACK TO TOP]


A thin layer covering something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


coating; coat

Context example:

a second coat of paint

Hypernyms ("coating" is a kind of...):

covering (an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coating"):

paint (a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating)

patina (a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal)

metal plating; plating (a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface)

rendering (a coat of stucco applied to a masonry wall)

seal (a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture)

veneer; veneering (coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood)

waterproofing (a coating capable of making a surface waterproof)

overcoat; overcoating (an additional protective coating (as of paint or varnish))

lacquer (a hard glossy coating)

bitumastic (a protective coating of asphalt and filter used on structural metals that are exposed to weathering)

coat of paint (a layer of paint covering something else)

emulsion; photographic emulsion (a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin)

enamel (any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze)

facing; veneer (an ornamental coating to a building)

finish coat; finishing coat (the final coating of plaster applied to walls and ceilings)

gilding; gilt (a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold)

Sense 2coating [BACK TO TOP]


A decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


finish; finishing; coating

Context examples:

the boat had a metallic finish / he applied a coat of a clear finish / when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly

Hypernyms ("coating" is a kind of...):

decorativeness (an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coating"):

glaze (coating for fabrics, ceramics, metal, etc.)

shoeshine (a shiny finish put on shoes with polish and buffing)

Sense 3coating [BACK TO TOP]


A heavy fabric suitable for coats

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("coating" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coating"):

chinchilla (a thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton)

Sense 4coating [BACK TO TOP]


The work of applying something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


application; coating; covering

Context examples:

the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine / a complete bleach requires several applications / the surface was ready for a coating of paint

Hypernyms ("coating" is a kind of...):

manual labor; manual labour (labor done with the hands)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coating"):

anointing; anointment (the act of applying oil or an oily liquid)

facing; lining (providing something with a surface of a different material)

waxing (the application of wax to a surface)

tiling (the application of tiles to cover a surface)

scumble (the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture)

plating (the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis))

daubing; plastering (the application of plaster)

paperhanging; papering (the application of wallpaper)

tinning (the application of a thin layer of soft solder to the ends of wires before soldering them)

tin-plating; tinning (the application of a protective layer of tin)

fumigation (the application of a gas or smoke to something for the purpose of disinfecting it)

foliation (the work of coating glass with metal foil)

galvanisation; galvanization (either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting)

lubrication (an application of a lubricant to something)

pavage; paving (the act of applying paving materials to an area)

painting (the act of applying paint to a surface)

spraying (the application of a liquid in the form of small particles ejected from a sprayer)

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