greatcoat vs topcoat what difference

what is difference between greatcoat and topcoat



great +‎ coat


greatcoat (plural greatcoats)

  1. A heavy overcoat.


  • carrick
  • ulster




From top + coat.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɒpkəʊt/


topcoat (plural topcoats)

  1. A light overcoat.
    • 2003, Thomas Bernhard, Kenneth J. Northcott (translator), Walking, Three Novellas, page 114,
      Whereas Oehler habitually wears his topcoat completely buttoned up, I leave my topcoat completely open.
  2. A layer of paint or varnish etc. applied after the undercoat.
    • 2007, N. Nakayama, K. Morishita, S. Ochiai, T. Sekigawa, K. Aoyama, A. Ikawa, Evaluation of Environmental Barrier Coatings for SiC/SiC Composites, Dongming Zhu, Uwe Schulz (editors), Advanced Ceramic Coatings and Interfaces, page 169,
      Fig. 7 shows the microstructures of lutetium silicate topcoat on SiC/SiC composite after various exposure tests.
    • 2011, Jeff Strong, Woodworking For Dummies, unnumbered page,
      Without the protection of the topcoat, your wood constantly expands and contracts and is more susceptible to warping and cracking. Topcoats also improve the look of the wood by adding depth and color.


See also

  • Inverness cape


topcoat (third-person singular simple present topcoats, present participle topcoating, simple past and past participle topcoated)

  1. (transitive) To apply a topcoat to.

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