Found 2 items, similar to coat of mail.
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Definition: coat of mail
coat of mail
n : armor that protects the wearer's whole body [syn: body armor
, body armour
, suit of armor
, suit of armour
English → English
Definition: Coat of mail
(m[=a]l), n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of
mail, mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula spot, a
mesh of a net. Cf. Macle
1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was
used especially for defensive armor. --Chaucer.
, Coat of mail
. See under Chain
, and Coat
2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing
off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
4. (Zo["o]l.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as
the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster,
We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
(k[=o]t; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat,
cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail,
LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG.
chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf.
1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body;
especially, such a garment worn by men.
His adamantine coat gird well. --Milton.
2. A petticoat. [Obs.] “A child in coats.”
3. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the
order or office; cloth.
Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
She was sought by spirits of richest coat. --Shak.
4. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool,
husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek.
Fruit of all kinds, in coat
Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell.
5. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a
tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion;
a coat of tar or varnish.
6. Same as Coat of arms. See below.
Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,
Or tear the lions out of England's coat. --Shak.
7. A coat card. See below. [Obs.]
Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were
ranked with coats as long as old master lived.
. See under Armor
Coat of arms
(Her.), a translation of the French cotte
d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor
in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged
with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an
heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken
, a card bearing a coated figure; the king, queen,
or knave of playing cards. ```I am a coat card indeed.'
`Then thou must needs be a knave, for thou art neither
king nor queen.''' --Rowley.
, a pair of buttons or studs joined by a link, to
hold together the lappels of a double-breasted coat; or a
button with a loop for a single-breasted coat.
Coat of mail
, a defensive garment of chain mail. See Chain mail
, under Chain
(Naut.), a piece of canvas nailed around a mast,
where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from
(Naut.), a canvas cover laced over furled sails,
and the like, to keep them dry and clean.