al·​kyd ˈal-kəd How to pronounce alkyd (audio)
: any of numerous synthetic resins that are used especially for protective coatings and in paint
: a paint in which the vehicle is an alkyd resin

Examples of alkyd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, an acrylic clear coat may be applied over an alkyd topcoat (that would be three coatings: primer, topcoat, clear coat). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2023 Oil- and alkyd-base paints are considered hazardous waste and typically need to be taken to a local hazardous waste drop-off site. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 The 7400 alkyd isn’t suitable for use on galvanized steel, though, while the other two are okay. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Flood also makes an ideal product for these applications, a semitransparent alkyd/oil stain formulated to soak in and bond, not just adhere to the top layer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2017

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Word History


blend of alkyl and acid

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkyd was in 1928

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“Alkyd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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al·​kyd ˈal-kəd How to pronounce alkyd (audio)
: any of numerous synthetic resins used especially for protective coatings (as paint)

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