resin

noun
res·​in | \ˈre-zᵊn \

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 , 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 , ˈrez-​nəs \ adjective

Examples of resin in a Sentence

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Krause hands me a piece of concrete terrazzo for comparison—the resin feels a little waxier to the touch, maybe? Jessica Furseth, Curbed, "How terrazzo made a comeback," 13 June 2018 Both the ivory and the resin were submerged in water for 800 years, which degraded their condition. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "An 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Helps Archaeologists Piece Together Asia’s Maritime Trade," 17 May 2018 As a result, the FDA concluded that the new resin does not raise new safety or effectiveness concerns. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "‘60 Minutes’ looks at lawsuits against Boston Scientific," 14 May 2018 Hard-resin models are glued to posts, and then mounted on the rail. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Recent advances in identifying traces of organic fats, waxes, and resins invisible to the eye have allowed scientists to pinpoint the presence of various substances with a degree of accuracy unthinkable a decade or two ago. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis," 19 Apr. 2018 To keep them intact while damp, before and during use, their fibres are held together by resins. The Economist, "Build a better bog roll," 19 Apr. 2018 These Lucite and resin Rachel Comey earrings are very Memphis Group. The Editors, The Cut, "41 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Miu Miu to Missoni," 13 July 2018 They will be recycled into new plastic resin and the town is receiving payment for each of the old carts collected for recycling. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 29 May 2018

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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

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 \

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 \

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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