resin

noun
res·​in | \ ˈre-zᵊn How to pronounce resin (audio) \

Definition of resin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of various solid or semisolid amorphous fusible flammable natural organic substances that are usually transparent or translucent and yellowish to brown, are formed especially in plant secretions, are soluble in organic solvents (such as ether) but not in water, are electrical nonconductors, and are used chiefly in varnishes, printing inks, plastics, and sizes and in medicine
b : rosin
2a : any of a large class of synthetic products that have some of the physical properties of natural resins but are different chemically and are used chiefly in plastics
b : any of various products made from a natural resin or a natural polymer

resin

verb
resined; resining\ ˈre-​zᵊn-​iŋ How to pronounce resin (audio) , ˈrez-​niŋ \

Definition of resin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat with resin

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Other Words from resin

Noun

resinous \ ˈre-​zᵊn-​əs How to pronounce resin (audio) , ˈrez-​nəs \ adjective

Examples of resin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an upstairs archive, rows and rows of vases in lollipoplike resin stand sentry, the accessible souvenirs and satellites of Pesceworld. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 Indeed, the resin identification code came into being before recycling plastic was even a thing. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 Sharon McConnell-Dickerson created the resin-cast masks, and the photographs were taken by Ken Murphy. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The trees are the source of the resin that sustains many livelihoods here. Eleni Giokos, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Her husband had returned from Pakistan and found work ferrying bags of opium resin to the Sangin market. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Kaari Upson, an artist known for producing resin sculptures that explored the psychologies of domestic life and desire, sometimes in unsettling ways, has died at 51. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2021 The authors believe that both species' skulls had become deformed as the amber, made from globs of resin from ancient tree bark, hardened around them. Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 June 2021 Today the two are launching a resin sculpture in partnership with American Express and NTWRK, a mobile-first video shopping platform. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 20 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not resin, not pine tar, not sunscreen, just Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud is permitted. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of resin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resin

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French reisine, from Latin resina; akin to Greek rhētinē pine resin

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The first known use of resin was in the 14th century

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“Resin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resin. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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resin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resin

: a yellow or brown sticky substance that comes from some trees and that is used to make various products
: an artificial substance that is similar to natural resins and that is used to make plastics

resin

noun
res·​in | \ ˈre-zᵊn How to pronounce resin (audio) \

Kids Definition of resin

1 : a yellowish or brownish substance obtained from the gum or sap of some trees (as the pine) and used in varnishes and medicine
2 : any of various manufactured products that are similar to natural resins in properties and are used especially as plastics

resin

noun
res·​in | \ ˈrez-ᵊn How to pronounce resin (audio) \

Medical Definition of resin

1a : any of various solid or semisolid amorphous fusible flammable natural organic substances that are usually transparent or translucent and yellowish to brown, are formed especially in plant secretions, are soluble in organic solvents (as ether) but not in water, and are electrical nonconductors
b : rosin
c : a solid pharmaceutical preparation consisting chiefly of the resinous principles of a drug or drugs usually extracted by solvents resin of jalap
2a : any of a large class of synthetic products that have some of the physical properties of natural resins but are different chemically and are used chiefly in plastics
b : any of various products made from a natural resin or a natural polymer

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