Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The formation of cracks on the surface of paint layers.

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  • noun painting A pattern of cracking of paint on a surface leaving roughly hexagonal areas of uncracked paint.
  • noun roofing The cracking of the surfacing bitumen on a bituminous roof or coating on a SPF roof, producing a pattern of cracks similar to an alligator's hide.

Etymologies

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

[From the resemblance of the cracks to the pattern of an alligator's scales.]

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alligator +‎ -ing, from the similarity in appearance to an alligator's skin

Examples

  • "alligatoring" which a few of these instuments exhibit.

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  • Use these cures for other pitfalls like alligatoring, cracking, and color changes.

    Weekend Project: Plan for the perfect paint job

  • •  If you're paint job came out less than perfect, here's how to remedy common mistakes like alligatoring, chalking, cracking, and peeling — and more paint fixes are a touch away via The Paint Institute's PaintRemedy iPhone app.

    House painting and flooring—without the red ink

  • • If you're paint job came out less than perfect, here's how to remedy common mistakes like alligatoring, chalking, cracking, and peeling—and more paint fixes are a touch away via The Paint Institute's PaintRemedy iPhone app.

    House painting and flooring—without the red ink

  • Use these cures for other pitfalls like alligatoring, cracking, and color changes.

    Weekend Project: Plan for the perfect paint job

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  • "As between man and woman," she answered, "it would be too terribly -- er -- indecent for you to tell me why I shouldn't go alligatoring.

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  • "As between man and woman," she answered, "it would be too terribly -- er -- indecent for you to tell me why I shouldn't go alligatoring.

    As Between A Man and A Woman

  • "As between man and woman," she answered, "it would be too terribly -- er -- indecent for you to tell me why I shouldn't go alligatoring.

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