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waterproofing

[waw-ter-proo-fing, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌpru fɪŋ, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
a substance by which something is made waterproof.
2.
the act or process of making something waterproof.
Origin of waterproofing
1835-1845
1835-45; waterproof + -ing1

waterproof

[waw-ter-proof, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌpruf, ˈwɒt ər-/
adjective
1.
impervious to water.
2.
rendered impervious to water by some special process, as coating or treating with rubber:
a waterproof hat.
noun
3.
Chiefly British. a raincoat or other outer coat impervious to water.
4.
any of several coated or rubberized fabrics that are impervious to water.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make waterproof.
Origin
1730-40; water + -proof
Related forms
waterproofer, noun
waterproofness, noun
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Examples from the Web for waterproofing
Historical Examples
  • On the priming coat was mopped a coat of waterproofing compound, applied hot, and covered with a layer of fine sand.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The first patent for waterproofing seems to have been granted in 1791.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • It can also be made available for waterproofing articles such as sails or awnings, but for flexible fabrics it is not suitable.

    Paper and Printing Recipes J. Sawtelle Ford
  • Then a waterproofing contractor agreed to make the reservoir water tight with paper and tar, by applying it on the inside.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • One use they put it to was the waterproofing of their cloaks.

  • The following are examples from actual practice of waterproofing with bituminous coatings.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The one feature of shoe selection which seems to appeal to the average sportsman is waterproofing.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • Where a heavier waterproofing is necessary the waterproofing compound is covered with one or more ⅝-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • waterproofing by paraffin is a most satisfactory process and the one most used by tent manufacturers.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • After the waterproofing with pitch and felt had thoroughly hardened it was plastered over with a trowel with a 1-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for waterproofing

waterproof

/ˈwɔːtəˌpruːf/
adjective
1.
not penetrable by water Compare water-repellent, water-resistant
noun
2.
(mainly Brit) a waterproof garment, esp a raincoat
verb (transitive)
3.
to make (a fabric, item of clothing, etc) waterproof
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Word Origin and History for waterproofing

waterproof

adj.

1725, from water (n.1) + proof. The verb is first recorded 1843. Related: Waterproofed; waterproofing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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