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waterproofing

the process of preventing the passage of water into and out of structures, usually brought about in a living organism by laying down LIPID layers, such as the insect cuticle.
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The rain seemed to be streaming down more heavily than ever and everybody in the station wore wet and glistening waterproofs. The guard lighted the lamps in the carriage, and Mrs.
As I did not want to plowter about any more in the drizzle and the dark, I put my waterproof over the muzzle of one gun, and made a sort of wigwam with two or three rammers that I found, and lay along the tail of another gun, wondering where Vixen had got to, and where I might be.
Another waterproof sheet was spread over that table in the manner of a table-cloth, with the corners turned up over a sort of mound - a heap of rags, scorched and bloodstained, half concealing what might have been an accumulation of raw material for a cannibal feast.
'I could not have done it, but for the fortune in the waterproof belt round my body.
In the way of movement and human life, there was the hasty rattle of a cab or coach, its driver protected by a waterproof cap over his head and shoulders; the forlorn figure of an old man, who seemed to have crept out of some subterranean sewer, and was stooping along the kennel, and poking the wet rubbish with a stick, in quest of rusty nails; a merchant or two, at the door of the post-office, together with an editor and a miscellaneous politician, awaiting a dilatory mail; a few visages of retired sea-captains at the window of an insurance office, looking out vacantly at the vacant street, blaspheming at the weather, and fretting at the dearth as well of public news as local gossip.
In the evening I put on my waterproof and I walked far upon the sodden moor, full of dark imaginings, the rain beating upon my face and the wind whistling about my ears.
He told me, in return, that he wondered I had arrived at my time of life, without knowing that a doctor's skin was waterproof. So he drove away in the rain, laughing over his own little joke; and so we got rid of our dinner company.
The streaming umbrella which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told of the fierce weather through which he had come.
We saw him pass the breakfast-room window hastily, with his high boots and his waterproof coat on--and that was all.
Ona was a working girl, and did not own waterproofs and such things, and so Jurgis took her and put her on the streetcar.
Father Brown carefully folded up the letter, and put it in his breast pocket just as there came a loud peal at the gate bell, and the wet waterproofs of several policemen gleamed in the road outside.
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