Definition of coat in US English:

coat

noun

  • 1An outer garment worn outdoors, having sleeves and typically extending below the hips.

    ‘a winter coat’
    as modifier ‘his coat pocket’
    • ‘Evie went to grab her blue coat in the closet and ran to the car with her mom.’
    • ‘Alison shivered as she removed her long wool coat.’
    • ‘Sharon pulled her gray wool coat tighter and walked across the gravel parking lot to her rusting Chevy.’
    • ‘She pulled her gloves out of her coat pocket, slipped them on, and then tucked her pony tail up under the ski mask so it would be out of the way when the action started.’
    • ‘This boy, clad in a disheveled sailor's tunic and winter coat fit for a bear, stood no more than shoulder-high to me.’
    • ‘Mr. Walker pulled a pair of mittens out of his coat pocket and handed them to me.’
    • ‘She held her coat tighter around her, her light curls bobbing slightly in the wind.’
    • ‘The whole way back home, I kept wiping my mouth with the sleeve of my coat.’
    • ‘The long winter coat has been brought out from where it was stored in the cupboard under the stairs.’
    • ‘Lea could see his silver star flash as he removed the heavy winter coat.’
    • ‘We wore our winter coats and stuffed our pockets with what little bread we had left.’
    • ‘A black blazer replaced his winter coat and he wore sunglasses instead of his helmet.’
    • ‘You can stay warm with the best winter coats of the season, and make every woman curious about what you're hiding underneath.’
    • ‘She wore a thick, black leather trench coat that covered her entire body.’
    • ‘See this new camera is big and bulky - in winter I put it in my puffy coat pocket and barely even noticed it.’
    • ‘Don't forget to sort through outer garments like coats, hats, and gloves.’
    • ‘He got so that he was scared of falling asleep, so he'd go downstairs to the living-room instead, with a winter coat on over his pyjamas.’
    • ‘He wore a black leather trench coat over a pressed white dress shirt and black pants.’
    • ‘Her fur coat was thrown carelessly over Jenna's bed, where Justin sat in silence.’
    • ‘The sleeves of her coat were blown back; but surprisingly, the wind was pleasantly warm, like the wind before Winter had come.’
    overcoat, tunic
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    1. 1.1 An outer garment having sleeves and extending below the hips worn indoors as a protective garment.
      ‘a laboratory coat’
      • ‘Good microbiologic techniques must be utilized and should include wearing a laboratory coat and gloves.’
      • ‘Laboratory coats should be removed prior to leaving the lab work area, taking a break, or eating lunch.’
      • ‘I am eternally grateful to those who showed me that science needn't be all laboratories and lab coats.’
      • ‘I grabbed the white lab coat that once belonged to my father and went to work.’
      • ‘One was dressed in a lab coat, the others dressed in casual clothing.’
      • ‘Three other doctors stood in the doorway in suits and lab coats as Dana, dressed only in her pajamas, was given the ultimatum.’
      • ‘Students came with their white laboratory coats but were told not to wear them.’
      • ‘To this end, laboratory coats, gloves, masks and hair coverings are de rigueur for many types of examination.’
      • ‘You could tell the locksmiths by their blue overalls, masons by their white jackets, painters by their coats with long smocks showing underneath.’
      • ‘Instead, they all grabbed their coats and followed Johnston to the door of the main laboratory.’
      • ‘A woman dressed in a white doctor's coat walked in, delicately, like an ice sculpture might walk.’
      • ‘It was pure agony, being carried through a bright hallway by some overgrown man wearing a laboratory coat.’
      • ‘She tore a sleeve off her lab coat, and tied it around the man's leg.’
      • ‘She was her usual self, white lab coat and protective goggles, blonde hair tied back into a bun.’
      • ‘Kevin reached for Maxie, but he was only able to grab her white lab coat.’
      • ‘A short bespectacled woman in a laboratory coat greeted them.’
      • ‘There were about one hundred people or so dressed in lab coats walking all around the place, carrying stacks and stacks of ancient looking papers.’
      • ‘They were put in white laboratory coats and asked to modify the behaviour of some other folk by way of an electric shock.’
      • ‘All the lessons are laboratory-based, and students have to put on white lab coats, safety gloves and do experiments, usually with bacteria.’
      • ‘I turned towards the door when it opened and a man in a white doctor's coat walked in.’
    2. 1.2 A man's jacket or tunic, especially as worn when hunting or by soldiers.
      • ‘Some of the Rhode Island and New Hampshire soldiers had on gray coats that confused the shooters of the 4th Rhode Island.’
      • ‘The Spaniard was no longer wearing his uniform coat and his black hair was falling out of his pigtail.’
      • ‘He wears glasses and has the symbol of the white tiger on the side of his coat sleeve and collar.’
      • ‘Amber slipped her blazer coat on and pulled up her knee high gray socks.’
      • ‘A sport coat and jeans or dress slacks were as far as he usually ventured and he looked so good in them.’
      • ‘You can quickly improvise a shield to cover your forearm by wrapping a suit coat, jacket or overcoat around it.’
      • ‘He had on a navy suit coat and white dress shirt, which usually would have gone with navy or dark-blue tie.’
      • ‘Passengers are now required to remove all types of coats, including blazers, sports and suit jackets.’
      • ‘He wore a thin, trimmed moustachio and a tuxedo with a dinner coat.’
      • ‘It's long enough to wear over a sport coat or suit jacket.’
      • ‘Pacing the ground swiftly, he slid his arms into the jacket coat, digging his weary hands into his pockets.’
      • ‘I think that the only reason that the hunters take part in the hunt is just so that they can dress up in silly coats.’
      • ‘The new line includes a hunting coat, parka, vest, shirt and pant.’
      • ‘Personally I think the jackets look like pyjama coats, but they are not my cuppa.’
      • ‘In their slick tuxedoed coats, they could almost be a column of wedding guests stranded in the snow, until they drop down and start belly surfing across the icy wasteland.’
      • ‘Like a tailor, he keeps big needles pinned behind the lapel of his coat, a plaid jacket too large for him.’
      • ‘Three-quarters have a button-down shirt, two-thirds a sport coat or blazer.’
      • ‘With that he pulled off his tuxedo coat and satin vest, tossing them into the trunk.’
      • ‘He was dressed in a swallow-tail coat with a formal shirt and bow tie.’
      • ‘Sport coats, or jackets, encompass just about everything else.’
      • ‘It makes me cringe to think how much money I threw away on ties and dress shirts and sport coats and wool slacks that I never wear any more.’
    3. 1.3 A man's or woman's tailored jacket.
      • ‘Her woollen coats and cashmere dresses were technically brilliant.’
      • ‘Key focus continues to be short shift dresses, coats and skirts.’
      • ‘This season's key items are all short, from skirts to dresses and coats.’
      • ‘Amy adjusted Sara's coat over the skirt of her blue dress before turning for the scarf.’
      • ‘The lady wore a red suit coat with a red skirt that matched perfectly.’
      • ‘The coat, skirt, and blouse came into fashion as a practical day dress only in the 1890s.’
      • ‘The next three hours were a blur, as Keira tried on dresses, shirts, coats, skirts, pants, shoes and hats.’
      • ‘Satin top, full black skirt, velvety black high heels, tweed coat with black velvet collar.’
  • 2An animal's covering of fur or hair.

    • ‘Though many urbanites love to have a pet dog at home, they realise in the long run that they have little time for walking the dog or brushing his coat.’
    • ‘Had he asked to check whether or not the dog had a healthy coat, he could have saved himself the money.’
    • ‘Shearing was changed from machine to hand held blades which was a much longer process, but left a short coat on the sheep for protection.’
    • ‘The Chinook has a double coat comprising long guard hairs over a soft, short undercoat.’
    • ‘Like the Shetland pony, the Sheltie was bred with a thick coat to protect them from the harsh climate.’
    • ‘Racers were meant to be war animals, so their coats were dark for camouflage.’
    • ‘His fur was as black as night and much more groomed than the coats of the animals that surrounded him.’
    • ‘Their coats became thick, hard and dense enough to protect them from the moisture and cold of a long winter's day hunting.’
    • ‘The horses wore leather rugs to protect their coats and keep them warm, but a string on one had come loose and was trailing in the mud.’
    • ‘This shampoo gently but thoroughly washes the coat and protects the skin, conditioning as it cleans.’
    • ‘The Sumatran rhino's body is covered in a patchy coat of shaggy hair.’
    • ‘Animals with heavy coats, such as Highland cattle and Galloways, were the most prone to problems, he added.’
    • ‘Norwich Terriers aren't a shedding breed, but there are always some dead hairs in their coat that end up lying around.’
    • ‘Keep your dog indoors and away from drafts until his coat is completely dry.’
    • ‘A powerful hindquarters and a lung capacity enables him to swim long distances, this dog also has a heavy coat which protects him from icy waters.’
    • ‘God gave dogs a natural coat to keep out the cold.’
    • ‘Anne bought the smallest and cleverest, a white dog with a feathery coat and one blue and one brown eye.’
    • ‘For instance, someone who is especially house proud will not want a dog with a long coat which sheds hair all over the furniture.’
    • ‘With a thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, it is one of Britain's oldest, most distinctive and best known breeds.’
    • ‘Rhino species grazed temperate grasslands and tundra, and many were covered with a thick coat of hair.’
    • ‘He shows us the white puppies with woolly coats whose job it is to protect the sheep from wolves and explains how they live outside with only the strongest surviving.’
    • ‘The face itself was protected by a coat of fine black fur, so deeply black that it highlighted blue in the gentle light of the moon.’
    • ‘Believe it or not mathematics explains why animals can have coats with spotted bodies and striped tails but not striped bodies with spotted tails.’
    fur, hair, wool, fleece
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  • 3An outer layer or covering of a specified kind.

    ‘the protein coat of the virus’
    • ‘The plum pox virus itself is little more than a filament of RNA surrounded by a protein coat.’
    • ‘The last time I saw the leaf blower back in the Little Town it was mouldering under a thick coat of dust in a corner of the garage.’
    • ‘Finally, all the Ames test strains have defective polysaccharide outer coats, to make them more permeable to the test chemicals.’
    • ‘They code for the coat proteins of the two viruses, which are primary targets for the host immune system.’
    • ‘The env gene codes for a protein on the outer coat of the virus that allows it to recognize and attach to human cells.’
    • ‘Tapetal material is deposited on the developing pollen grains forming the pollen coat.’
    • ‘When found outside of host cells, viruses exist as a protein coat or capsid, sometimes enclosed within a membrane.’
    • ‘When a virus enters and infects a cell, it sheds this protective coat so that the genetic material can replicate new viruses.’
    • ‘Before fertilization, the egg is enclosed in a protective vitelline membrane, which is embedded in a gelatinous coat.’
    • ‘The outer protein coat consists of a major and minor capsid protein.’
    • ‘In this case, the moduli measured would reflect the mechanics of the protein coat rather than those of the embedding gel.’
    • ‘Suddenly the city of my dreams seems to be enveloped in a coat of dirt, dust and grime, combined with the troubles and busy lives of its inhabitants.’
    • ‘They are all caused by viruses: small slips of genetic material protected by a protein coat.’
    • ‘Since they proliferate by invading and taking over surrounding healthy cells, they are protected by a coat of protein.’
    • ‘The protein coat can be chemically modified to target specific molecules or cell types in tissue.’
    • ‘The water fountains bubble quietly, the surface of their small pools hidden beneath a coat of fallen leaves.’
    • ‘Hepatitis B surface antigen is on the viral coat, and its presence in blood implies that the patient is infected.’
    • ‘For example, the Ebola virus has a particular protein in its coat that can easily be detected and analyzed with mass spectrometry.’
    • ‘Ordinary microscopic slides, covered with a thin coat of petroleum jelly were used as pollen traps.’
    • ‘A tough protective coat allows the bacteria to survive for decades as spores.’
    layer, covering, overlay, coating, skin, skim, plating, film, wash, glaze, varnish, veneer, lamination, sheet, finish, dusting, blanket, mantle, daub, smear, topping, crust, patina, lustre, deposit, scale, facing, cladding
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    1. 3.1 A covering of paint or similar material laid on a surface at one time.
      ‘a protective coat of varnish’
      • ‘And how I would love to put a fresh coat of paint on it.’
      • ‘I glare at her and then turn to study my nails. ‘Hmm, that one needs another coat of red.’’
      • ‘Yet another group applied fresh coats of paint on the panels of windows and doors.’
      • ‘For long life with oil base stain on rough sawn or weathered lumber, use two coats.’
      • ‘They felt it needed a new coat of paint to freshen it up.’
      • ‘Add a coat of clear varnish for a longer lasting finish.’
      • ‘A protective coat of lime plaster is often applied for added durability.’
      • ‘The finishing touch: a sweep of black eyeliner and two or three coats of mascara.’
      • ‘For the final touch of beauty and to protect the finish, apply one or more coats of good wax recommended for use on floors.’
      • ‘The last step was to apply two coats of sealer, followed by several coats of protective wax.’
      • ‘Grabbing the mascara, I took out the wand and layered my eyelashes with two coats of mascara.’
      • ‘A few coats of a lengthening mascara will do the trick.’
      • ‘For all other surfaces, spray on two or more coats of clear acrylic sealer.’
      • ‘To create an even surface, brush the wood with a coat of clear acrylic sealer.’
      • ‘Apply two, preferably three coats of urethane varnish using a good quality natural bristle brush.’
      • ‘Instead of paying for labour, put a fresh coat of neutral paint on the walls yourself.’
      • ‘Redwood, cypress or cedar do not need a protective coat, however you may want to use one so the wood will not water stain.’
      • ‘Apply the sunscreen in a thick coat at least 30 to 45 minutes before going outside and then reapply every two hours.’
      • ‘A light coat of wax will protect the surface of marble but is not considered essential.’
      • ‘Once the painted shoe is dry apply a coat of clear protective sealant.’
      paint, stain, varnish, layer, film, overlay
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    2. 3.2 A structure, especially a membrane, enclosing or lining an organ.
      • ‘Thicker myelin coats translate into brains that are larger and can better coordinate rapid perceptual decisions, Posthuma says.’
      • ‘The detrusor urinae muscle is a network of longitudinal fibers that form the external layer of the muscular coat of the bladder.’
      • ‘Since we are interested in the behavior of the lipid bilayer we do not specify the mechanism by which the protein coat deforms the membrane.’
      • ‘He did not recognize it to be the muscle coat of the oesophagus.’
      • ‘The muscle coat is rather thin but is nevertheless very strong.’
      • ‘The myometrium is a thick coat containing smooth muscle and abundant connective tissues.’
      • ‘It is known to form a highly hydrated pericellular coat around chondrocytes, fibrosarcoma, and smooth muscle cells.’
      • ‘Cartilage plates, blood vessels, and ganglia were also enmeshed in a thick fibromuscular coat.’
      • ‘His dissection of the eye yielded the distinction between cornea, retina, iris, and chorioid coat.’
      • ‘One was to change the enteric coat, and the second was to put a sub-coat on.’
      • ‘A definite muscular or serous coat was lacking in all the specimens.’
      • ‘The epithelial lining and muscle coats made a morphologic switch as the sections ascended in a direction toward the testes.’
      • ‘The bladder is wrapped in a thin coat of skin, the epithelium.’
      • ‘To the right, along the posterior aspect of the bladder, is a second bright line, surrounded by a thinner coat of soft tissue.’
      • ‘The serous coat is an extension of the peritoneum, and it covers only the superior and upper lateral surfaces.’
      • ‘The exact structure and relative thickness of the three coats vary with the size of the artery.’
    3. 3.3 A skin, rind, or husk.
      • ‘In maize, as in all flowering plants, the seed develops inside a coat of maternal origin.’
      • ‘Transport studies with plasma membrane vesicles isolated from pea seed coats are presented in an accompanying paper.’
      • ‘Inside the shell is a thin brown coat, the testa, which adheres firmly to the kernel, which is hollow and contains liquid.’
      • ‘To help this process along, either soak them in hot water or simply scratch the hard coat of each seed before planting.’
      • ‘On the left, there is a collection of ripe seeds, showing the fleshy yellow seed coat as well as seeds with the coat stripped away.’
      • ‘These plants ripen fruits which again are a bright red, and have thick coats on their seeds to protect them should they be swallowed.’
      • ‘In the case of seed pods and coats only the western blots are shown.’
      • ‘Within each seed - protected by its coat - there is an embryo, a miniscule plant really, complete with a root tip, leaf bud and stem.’
      • ‘Thus, the covers of thick-coated seeds were gently scarified and the coats were removed the next day.’
      • ‘Thus, seeds lacking a coat were germinated in a horizontal or a vertical position.’
      • ‘Each consists of an egg cell embedded in the tissue of the female gametophyte surrounded by a thick seed coat.’
      • ‘Seed coats were removed by hand and seeds were surface-sterilized in a 1 % sodium hypochlorite solution for 2 min.’
      • ‘Imbibition is necessary before decoating because it is difficult to remove the coats of dry seeds without causing injury.’
    4. 3.4 A layer of a plant bulb.

verb

[with object]
  • 1Provide with a layer or covering of something; apply a coat to.

    ‘coat each part with a thin oil’
    ‘his boots were coated with mud’
    • ‘The globes are coated with a layer of niobium, giving them a silvery finish.’
    • ‘A sap-sucking bug that coats plants with wads of foamy spit has been crowned the insect world's greatest leaper.’
    • ‘A daguerreotype is printed on a sheet of copper that is coated with a thin layer of silver.’
    • ‘It also coats or pseudomorphs some of the secondary minerals.’
    • ‘Everything was coated with a thick layer of dust and grime.’
    • ‘It's as if the camera lens had been coated with a thin layer of Vaseline and hurriedly wiped clean.’
    • ‘The ground was coated with an icy blanket of fresh snow, but not enough for the schools to close.’
    • ‘The gyroscope spheres are coated with an ultra-thin layer of metal that becomes a superconductor.’
    • ‘It is then coated with a thin layer of white lead on which the outline of the picture is drawn.’
    • ‘A gas turbine engine component is cleaned and coated with a layer of metal, generally aluminum, containing paint.’
    • ‘The walls were coated with cobwebs and blanketed with old tapestries.’
    • ‘Finally, the blade was coated with a tough, protective layer of clear lacquer.’
    • ‘Lockers, all coated with a layer of fresh paint to cover another year of abuse, lined up against these walls.’
    • ‘My eyes had been coated with a layer of black mascara and a decent amount of black eyeliner.’
    • ‘Unmold the mousse onto a wire rack-lined sheet pan and coat with the chocolate glaze.’
    • ‘Artificial seeds were coated with a thin layer of gelatin, and infested as if they were intact seeds.’
    • ‘Each is in turn coated with several layers of graphite, and a silicon carbide outer shell.’
    • ‘The faces of both slabs are then coated with multiple layers of thin-film gold or dielectric reflectors.’
    • ‘My nails were conditioned with a range of conditioners and varnishes before being coated with the actual magic gel.’
    • ‘It would need to be coated with shellac or varnish to keep out moisture.’
    • ‘After this process, the replica is coated with a thin layer of clay paste and allowed to dry.’
    • ‘Fresh greens were cut up into very tiny piece and coated with a layer of flour, which was made into the shape of a petal.’
    • ‘The fish - squid, prawns and scampi - was coated in a delicate batter, light years away from any calamari I've tasted.’
    cover, overlay, paint, glaze, varnish, wash, surface, veneer, inlay, laminate, plate, blanket, mantle, daub, smear, bedaub, cake, plaster, overspread, encrust, face
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    1. 1.1 (of a substance) form a covering to.
      ‘a film of dust coated the floor’
      • ‘Ice and snow coated the landscape, and people in animal skins lived in ice boxes.’
      • ‘His hands were gloved now, a rough black fabric coating his hands like a second skin and cutting off sharply at his wrists.’
      • ‘Her mother arched an eyebrow, looking at the blood coating her tile floor.’
      • ‘A thin film of dust coated the drying tears, and she regarded it with disgust.’
      • ‘The werewolf rose up howling, blood coating its white fur, fangs gleaming in the moonlight, its eyes reflecting a rabid malevolence to match its deeds.’
      • ‘Stir to make sure that the butter coats the potatoes, then add the toasted oatmeal and stir again.’
      • ‘There was a film of dirty, uneven ice coating the sidewalks and street, and I couldn't get any traction.’
      • ‘The limestone dust in the air coats our throats and drives us nigh mad with need for a drink.’
      • ‘Ice and snow coated everything, in the month of December in Eclaver, and wind gusts reached up to forty miles an hour, at the best of times.’
      • ‘Add vanilla bean and cook over a double boiler on gentle heat, stirring till mixture coats the back of a spoon.’
      • ‘Mix and stir-fry until the sauce coats everything.’
      • ‘His shirt was unbuttoned, a slight sweat coating his smooth white skin.’
      • ‘Because of their hardness palaeosols influence the landscape and commonly cap hills or coat slopes, protecting the underlying sediments from erosion.’
      • ‘Deep growls and explosions thundered through the air as clouds of black volcanic ash coated the surroundings.’
      • ‘The fungi also coat tree roots, protecting against microbial pathogens and drought.’
      • ‘She faltered as her father reached out to touch the blue dust coating her dress.’
      • ‘What was that dark wet substance coating the blade…?’
      • ‘The sweat coats your body in a nasty, slick, oily sheen.’
      • ‘Only years later do they find that the coal dust also coated their lungs.’
      • ‘The warm water coating her skin was therapeutic and relaxing, which was just what she needed after her encounter with Luke.’
      • ‘Add a spoonful or two of the pasta water to help the sauce coat the pasta, tossing well.’
      cover, clad, veneer, skin, overlay, surface, dress, pave, put a facing on, laminate, inlay, plate, line
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French cote, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

coat

/kōt//koʊt/