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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. armor that protects the wearer's whole body;
[syn: body armor, body armour, suit of armor, suit of armour, coat of mail, cataphract]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mail \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, Macula, Mascle.] 1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Chain mail, Coat of mail. See under Chain, and Coat. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage. [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc. [1913 Webster] We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail. --Gay. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coat \Coat\ (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. Cot a hut.] 1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men. [1913 Webster] Let each His adamantine coat gird well. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A petticoat. [Obs.] "A child in coats." --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth. [1913 Webster] Men of his coat should be minding their prayers. --Swift. [1913 Webster] She was sought by spirits of richest coat. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek. [1913 Webster] Fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. Same as Coat of arms. See below. [1913 Webster] Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, Or tear the lions out of England's coat. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. A coat card. See below. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived. --Massinger. [1913 Webster] Coat armor. 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 together. Coat card, 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. Coat link, 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. Mast coat (Naut.), a piece of canvas nailed around a mast, where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from getting below. Sail coat (Naut.), a canvas cover laced over furled sails, and the like, to keep them dry and clean. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

coat of mail n 1: armor that protects the wearer's whole body [syn: body armor, body armour, suit of armor, suit of armour, coat of mail, cataphract]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Coat of mail the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning "glittering" (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). The same word in the plural form is translated "habergeons" in 2 Chr. 26:14 and Neh. 4:16. The "harness" (1 Kings 22:34), "breastplate" (Isa. 59:17), and "brigandine" (Jer. 46:4), were probably also corselets or coats of mail. (See ARMOUR.)