From Middle English clothing, clathing, clething (> English dialectal cleading), equivalent to clothe + -ing. Cognate with Scots cleeding, cleiding, cleading (“clothing”), Dutch kleding (“clothing”), German Kleidung (“clothing”), Danish klædning (“clothing, dress, attire”), Swedish klädning (“dress”). Compare also cladding.
- Present participle of clothe.
- Any of a wide variety of articles, usually made of fabrics, animal hair, animal skin, or some combination thereof, used to cover the human body for warmth, to preserve modesty, or for fashion.
- From others he shall stand in need of nothing, / Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
- An act or instance of putting clothes on.
- The clothing and unclothing of the idols was of special significance.
- (obsolete) The art of process of making cloth.
- Instructing [refugees] in the art of clothing.
- A covering of non-conducting material on the outside of a boiler, or steam chamber, to prevent radiation of heat.
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- See also Wikisaurus:clothing