AskDefine | Define coating

Dictionary Definition



1 a thin layer covering something; "a second coat of paint" [syn: coat]
2 a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); "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" [syn: finish, finishing]
3 a heavy fabric suitable for coats
4 the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint"; [syn: application, covering]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A thin outer layer.
    They painted on a coating to protect it from the weather.


a thin outer layer


  1. Present participle of to coat; To apply a coating.
    We spent hours coating the truffles with cocoa powder so they wouldn't be sticky.

Extensive Definition

Coating is a covering that is applied to an object. The aim of applying coatings is to improve surface properties of a bulk material usually referred to as a substrate. One can improve amongst others appearance, adhesion, wetability, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, scratch resistance, etc.. They may be applied as liquids, gases or solids.
Examples of coatings:
coating in German: Beschichten
coating in French: Enrobage
coating in Dutch: Coating

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