Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sleeved outer garment extending from the shoulders to the waist or below.
  • n. A garment extending to just below the waist and usually forming the top part of a suit.
  • n. A natural outer covering, such as the fur of an animal; an integument.
  • n. A layer of material covering something else; a coating: a second coat of paint.
  • transitive v. To provide or cover with a coat.
  • transitive v. To cover with a layer, as of paint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
  • n. A covering of material, such as paint.
  • n. The fur or feathers of animal.
  • n. canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather)
  • v. To cover with a coat of some material
  • v. To cover as a coat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.
  • n. A petticoat.
  • n. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
  • n. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark.
  • n. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument.
  • n. Same as Coat of arms. See below.
  • n. A coat card. See below.
  • transitive v. To cover with a coat or outer garment.
  • transitive v. To cover with a layer of any substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with a coat or outer garment; cover or protect as with a coat.
  • To overspread with a coating or layer of another substance: as, to coat something with wax or tin-foil.
  • n. A variant spelling of cote.
  • n. A principal outer garment; any covering for the body.
  • n. An outer or upper garment worn by men, covering the upper part of the body.
  • n. A woman's outdoor garment resembling a man's coat in material and make.
  • n. An under garment for the upper part of the body, fitting somewhat closely; a tunic or shirt.
  • n. A petticoat.
  • n. The habit or vesture of an order or class of men, and hence the order or class itself, or the office or station peculiar to the order; cloth.
  • n. The external natural covering of an animal, as hair, fur, wool, etc.
  • n. A thin layer of a substance covering a surface; a coating: as, a coat of paint, pitch, or varnish; a coat of tinfoil.
  • n. One of a number of concentric layers: as, the coats of an onion.
  • n. In anatomy, a tunic or membranous covering of some part or organ: as, the coats of the eye.
  • n. Nautical, a piece of tarred or painted canvas fitted about the masts at the partuers, about the rudder-casing, and around the pumps where they pass through the upper deck, to keep the water from working down. See mast-coat.
  • n. A coat-card.
  • n. In heraldry, a coat of arms or an achievement: used in a general sense.
  • n. Same as coat-money.
  • n. A coat of mail.
  • n. A surcoat or tabard embroidered with armorial bearings, such as in modern times is worn only by a herald of arms on rare ceremonial occasions. It is a survival of the medieval surcoat. (which see).
  • n. In a more general sense, any defensive garment for the body, quilted with small plates, rings, or scales of iron. (See gambeson and broigne.) The use of the term to denote plate-armor is erroneous.
  • n. A somewhat similar jacket worn by women.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. form a coat over
  • n. a thin layer covering something
  • v. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  • v. cover or provide with a coat
  • n. growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
  • n. an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors

Etymologies

Middle English cote, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte ("outer garmet with sleeves"), from Old Frankish *kotta (“coat”), from Proto-Germanic *kuttô, *kuttōn (“cowl, woolen cloth, coat”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeud-, *gud- (“woolen clothes”). Cognate with Old High German kozza, kozzo ("woolen coat") (Modern German Kotze), Middle Low German kot ("coat"), Ancient Greek βεῦδος (beũdos, "woman's attire"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The outer coat of the stomach, called the _serous coat_, is a continuation of the peritoneum, the membrane lining the abdominal cavity.

    Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools

  • The _choroid coat_ lies immediately beneath the sclerotic coat at all places except a small margin toward the front of the eyeball.

    Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools

  • From now until March, your coat is your first-impression outfit.

    How to dress: Coats and belts

  • Hence, in the value equation, in which the coat is the equivalent of the linen, the coat officiates as the form of value.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • In this aspect, the coat is a depository of value.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • By its reference to the coat as as its equivalent, as something that can be exchanged for it …. in this relation the coat is the mode of existence of value, is value embodied, or only as such is it the same as the linen.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • In this aspect the coat is a depository of value, but though worn to a thread, it does not let this fact show through.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • He gazed in wonder as he saw a sturdy man wearing clothes such as he had not seen before -- what we call coat and hat, trousers and boots.

    The Book of Missionary Heroes

  • As the coat is the body's covering, so the body is the soul's garment, and it is the soul that is the innermost and real man; it is my soul that is me; and that will not be in the earth, but in heaven; therefore, do no think of me gloomily as lying in the grave, but cheerfully as living in heaven – as living there with God and Christ and His saints, and with your mother,

    The Hidden Hand

  • I had a warm sheepskin coat with a large collar and two horse blankets that I wrapped around my legs.

    A cold winter for a young man from Mexico

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