Pronunciation: (kōt), [key]
1. an outer garment with sleeves, covering at least the upper part of the body: a new fur coat; a coat for formal wear.
2. a natural integument or covering, as the hair, fur, or wool of an animal, the bark of a tree, or the skin of a fruit.
3. a layer of anything that covers a surface: That wall needs another coat of paint.
4. a mucous layer covering or lining an organ or connected parts, as on the tongue.
5. See coat of arms.
6. Archaic.a petticoat or skirt.
7. Obs.
a. a garment indicating profession, class, etc.
b. the profession, class, etc., so indicated.

1. to cover with a layer or coating: He coated the wall with paint. The furniture was coated with dust.
2. to cover thickly, esp. with a viscous fluid or substance: Heat the mixture until it coats a spoon. The boy was coated with mud from head to foot.
3. to cover or provide with a coat.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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