Water can't penetrate something that's waterproof. Umbrellas and rain boots don't work very well if they're not waterproof.

Waterproof jackets will keep you dry even if it starts to rain, and waterproof mascara won't run in black streaks down your face even if you're weeping at a sad movie. You can use this word as a verb, too: "We should waterproof the tent before we go camping this weekend — it's supposed to pour!" If you're British, you might also use waterproof as a noun, to mean a waterproof rain coat.

Definitions of waterproof

adj not permitting the passage of water

rainproof, waterproofed
of such close construction as to be impermeable

v make watertight

Waterproof the coat”
Type of:
seal, seal off
make tight; secure against leakage

n any fabric impervious to water

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n a water-resistant coat

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a lightweight belted raincoat typically made of tan gabardine with a distinctive tartan lining; named for the original manufacturer
mac, macintosh, mack, mackintosh
a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
trench coat
a military style raincoat; belted with deep pockets
oilskin, slicker
a macintosh made from cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof
Type of:
an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors

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