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undercoat

[uhn-der-koht] /ˈʌn dərˌkoʊt/
noun
1.
a coat or jacket worn under another.
2.
Zoology. a growth of short fur or hair lying beneath a longer growth.
3.
4.
a coat of paint or the like applied under the finishing coat.
5.
a paint, sealer, or the like specially prepared for use underneath a finishing coat.
verb (used with object)
6.
to apply an undercoating to.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; under- + coat
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Examples from the web for undercoat
  • The muskox sheds this undercoat when the weather gets warmer.
  • The polar bear's fur is thicker than that of any other bear, consisting of guard hairs of varied lengths and a dense undercoat.
  • She is a single coated dog, with no natural undercoat.
  • While the undercoat on the woodwork is drying he'll slip the new tiles in.
  • As he gets ready to apply an undercoat to the wall, you see him reading from a little book on how to paint.
  • So it has all these layers of paint on it: blue, white, and an undercoat.
  • He composed directly on a stretched canvas, scoring lines into the dark brown undercoat.
  • They have a two-layer coat: an undercoat and a longer coat with long guard hairs.
  • Incarnating amiability with an undercoat of evil can be a benison to an actor.
  • It's tempting to paint walls without putting down an undercoat of primer, but experts know better.
British Dictionary definitions for undercoat

undercoat

/ˈʌndəˌkəʊt/
noun
1.
a coat of paint or other substance applied before the top coat
2.
a coat worn under an overcoat
3.
(zoology) another name for underfur
4.
the US name for underseal
verb
5.
(transitive) to apply an undercoat to (a surface)
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