Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

waterproofing

[waw-ter-proo-fing, wot-er-]
See more synonyms for waterproofing on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a substance by which something is made waterproof.
  2. the act or process of making something waterproof.
Show More

Origin of waterproofing

First recorded in 1835–45; waterproof + -ing1

waterproof

[waw-ter-proof, wot-er-]
adjective
  1. impervious to water.
  2. rendered impervious to water by some special process, as coating or treating with rubber: a waterproof hat.
Show More
noun
  1. Chiefly British. a raincoat or other outer coat impervious to water.
  2. any of several coated or rubberized fabrics that are impervious to water.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. to make waterproof.
Show More

Origin of waterproof

First recorded in 1730–40; water + -proof
Related formswa·ter·proof·er, nounwa·ter·proof·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for waterproofing

plug, shut, secure, isolate, stop, enclose, close, stopper, plaster, gum, cork, segregate, fasten, paste, quarantine, waterproof

Examples from the Web for waterproofing

Historical Examples of waterproofing

  • The first patent for waterproofing seems to have been granted in 1791.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • One use they put it to was the waterproofing of their cloaks.

  • Waterproofing by paraffin is a most satisfactory process and the one most used by tent manufacturers.

    Touring Afoot

    Claude Powell Fordyce

  • The one feature of shoe selection which seems to appeal to the average sportsman is waterproofing.

    Touring Afoot

    Claude Powell Fordyce

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for waterproofing

waterproof

adjective
  1. not penetrable by waterCompare water-repellent, water-resistant
Show More
noun
  1. mainly British a waterproof garment, esp a raincoat
Show More
verb (tr)
  1. to make (a fabric, item of clothing, etc) waterproof
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for waterproofing

waterproof

adj.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper