[an-tee-fou-ling, an-tahy-]
adjective Nautical.
  1. (of a coating, process, or the like) preventing the accumulation of barnacles, algae, etc., on underwater surfaces: The makers now use an antifouling chemical on all marine hulls.

Origin of antifouling

First recorded in 1865–70; anti- + foul + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for antifouling


  1. (of a paint or other coating) inhibiting the growth of barnacles and other marine organisms on a ship's bottom
  1. an antifouling paint or other coating
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