ac·​e·​tate | \ ˈa-sə-ˌtāt \

Definition of acetate

1 : a salt or ester of acetic acid
2 : cellulose acetate also : something (such as a textile fiber) made from cellulose acetate
3 : a phonograph recording disk made of an acetate or coated with cellulose acetate

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For bare drywall, use a PVA (polyvinyl acetate) paint, seal over stains and hide colors with a high-hiding primer sealer, and for painting bare steel make sure to get paint with anodic zinc protection to inhibit rust. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019 The MW07s have high-end materials in their construction, including stainless steel enclosures, 10mm beryllium drivers, and acetate covers. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Master & Dynamic MW07 earbuds review: truly wireless, truly expensive," 18 Sep. 2018 Eyewear makers throw away roughly 75% of every sheet of acetate from which most plastic frames are cut, while 3-D printing leaves almost no waste. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Design Your Frames: 3-D Printing Comes to Eyewear," 11 Nov. 2018 Kuai rattan and leather tote Wicker Wings Shop Now Joel Ighe oval-frame acetate sunglasses Chimi Shop Now That’s A Good Look is a new discovery platform from the Cut featuring impressive women with impressive style. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Why Not Wear a Billowy White Blouse to the Beach?," 19 June 2018 The glasses are handmade from acetate in Sweden and feature lenses from Carl Zeiss Vision (the gold standard of lenses) with 100 percent UV protection. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Sun Buddies Is the Brand Behind Your Next Pair of Sunglasses," 19 June 2018 Marco Lanero of Delirious Eyewear is focused on handcrafting frames from materials like water buffalo horn, titanium, beta-titanium, and natural base acetate. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Who Is On Next? Winners MRZ and MTF Maria Turri Are Redefining What Made in Italy Means," 2 July 2018 To minimize the symptoms of poison ivy, use calamine lotion or products containing aluminum acetate. Erik Polan,, "Q&A: How do I know if I have poison ivy?," 8 June 2018 Enter proselytes in acetate eyeglasses and Rosie Pope workwear, drawn by listservs like Brooklynitos and Fort Greene Kids and BoCoCa Moms (BoCoCa being an acronym for three adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods). Sonja Sharp,, "At a bar in Brooklyn, would-be foster parents ponder the ethics of taking in migrant children," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of acetate

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acetate

borrowed from French acétate, from (acide) acétique acetic acid + -ate, -ate entry 1

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The first known use of acetate was in 1788

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ac·​e·​tate | \ ˈas-ə-ˌtāt \

Medical Definition of acetate

: a salt or ester of acetic acid

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