Definitions for "Water-Repellent"
the first "level" of non-absorption of water - see water-resistant and waterproof. In a light shower, the fabric will remain dry for a time and not readily absorb water.
hindering the penetration of water; "a water-repellent coat"
When a fabric is air-permeable, but blocks the passage of liquid to a certain degree. Fabrics are treated with a type of finish to achieve this effect. Like waterproof fabric, it is very difficult to print on this type of fabric.