laminate

verb
lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce laminate (audio) \
laminated; laminating

Definition of laminate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to roll or compress into a thin plate
2 : to separate into laminae
3a : to make (something, such as a windshield) by uniting superposed layers of one or more materials
b : to unite (layers of material) by an adhesive or other means

intransitive verb

: to divide into laminae

laminate

adjective
lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-nət How to pronounce laminate (audio) , -ˌnāt\

Definition of laminate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : consisting of laminae
2 : bearing or covered with laminae

laminate

noun
lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-nət How to pronounce laminate (audio) , -ˌnāt\

Definition of laminate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a product made by laminating

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Other Words from laminate

Verb

laminator \ ˈla-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce laminator (audio) \ noun

Examples of laminate in a Sentence

Noun

The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.

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Carbon fiber laminated materials helped bring the weight down, but finding a suitable engine was not easy. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 An unnamed conservative street artist took credit for the move, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and was behind adhering a number of laminated, vinyl stars to the iconic sidewalk. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Several fake Trump stars reportedly appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame," 9 Aug. 2018 The video captures a man and two women dancing alongside each other for the majority of the frames, each frame feeling as though it was dipped in water as a rippling effect is laminated over the characters. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Underworld and Iggy Pop Present a Gripping, Rippling Music Video For 'Get Your Shirt': Watch," 6 July 2018 In one test Dr Hu and Dr Li made a laminated sample by placing five sheets of the stuff on top of one another, each sheet having its fibres aligned at right-angles to those of the sheet below. The Economist, "Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres," 14 June 2018 Veterans know to laminate them in clear tape to avoid disintegration from the elements. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 May 2018 All Moraknivs are made in Mora, Sweden, and feature steel blades, either stainless, carbon, or laminated, and rounded, oversized plastic handles. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The $30 Morakniv Eldris Cuts Like a $150 Knife," 26 Apr. 2018 The interior was cream and mauve, with faux wood paneling and laminate countertops. Sunset, "The Ultimate Venue for Your Next Family Vacay? A Houseboat," 22 Jan. 2018 The mud, in scientific terms, was laminated lacustrine sediment. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, "A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America’s Largest National Park," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Estate Plus high-pressure laminate floor tiles, above, are built to take it. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 The designs are minimalist and mid-century modern in nature, with natural wood element options on upholstered pieces and laminate geometric patterns available for tables and storage pieces. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Custom Furniture Company Promises Quick Shipping, Affordable Prices, and—Gasp—10-Minute Assembly," 6 Dec. 2018 Note: Laminate wood floors should be cleaned with a laminate floor cleaner. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 All that commotion is barely audible inside the building's 221 apartments, which feature high-end touches such as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, Shaker-style cabinets and wood-look laminate flooring. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018 Courtesy of Bean Trailer Outside, the standard galley kitchen includes cabinetry, a small dome light, laminate countertop, and 12V and AC outlets. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Upscale teardrop trailer is a tiny home on the go," 16 Apr. 2018 Paint ugly countertops Can’t stand the look of laminate countertops? Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Freshen up your home for spring with these 7 steps," 16 Apr. 2018 To prevent damage, do not polish or wax a laminate floor. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors," 28 Mar. 2018 And Habitat will install laminate wood flooring throughout the first level with new carpeting upstairs. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "The Korper kids tour their future home, looking for potential beyond the blight : A Greater Cleveland," 30 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For just under $25, the Fantom doorstop can reportedly be used on any floor surface, including (but not limited to) hardwood, carpet, tile, concrete, and laminate and can stop doors of any weight. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Fantom's Magnetic Doorstop Is the Coolest Way to Prop Open Your Door," 1 Mar. 2019 The designers cribbed the deep green hue from the original laminate used on the countertops pre tear-down. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Paris apartment goes bold with green kitchen," 3 Aug. 2018 The cabinets are Ikea laminate and modestly apportioned; apparently, Swedish cooks prefer narrow platters. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "Kitchen confidential: How I downsized the most important room in the house," 24 Sep. 2018 Top fabric: 100% polyester; laminate: 100% polyurethane. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 The centerpiece is the roughly 13½-foot island, which has timber laminate and lime-green accents. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "The Return of the Luxurious Retro Kitchen," 12 Sep. 2018 Built around a queen-size bed that easily sleeps two, the camper uses an aluminum composite exterior, structural wood fiber for the frame, and wood laminate in the interior to keep things light. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny camper trailer can be towed by almost any car," 9 Oct. 2018 For a 600-square-foot basement, expect flooring materials to start at $1,200 for carpeting, sheet vinyl, or vinyl tile; $2,800 for ceramic tile, and $4,200 for laminate flooring. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Basement Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Pros: Affordable and durable, laminate resists dings, nicks, and stains. Sarah Stebbins, ELLE Decor, "How To Choose The Best Kitchen Cabinets," 8 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of laminate

Verb

1665, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1939, in the meaning defined above

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laminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of laminate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover (something) with a thin layer of clear plastic for protection

laminate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laminate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a product made by pressing together thin layers of material

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