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 resining (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 resinous (audio) , ˈrez-​nəs \ adjective

Examples of resin in a Sentence

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The half-inch circles that keep our shirts together don’t have much character and are mass-produced out of cheap resin. oregonlive.com, "Hardcore button collectors see beauty, history in the fashion essential," 1 Aug. 2019 The resin of cannabis plants contains tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD, which are both cannabinoids. Stepfanie Romine, USA TODAY, "Before you buy cannabis, brush up on California laws and safety precautions," 8 July 2019 Stone-look lotus pods: Made of resin, these pods will add interest to a garden when set between small plants or groundcover. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 That resin is the end product that KW ships to manufacturers all over North America. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Alabama is great at recycling other people’s trash - just not its own," 19 June 2019 In addition to staff time, the supplies of plastic, resin, gypsum or metal can work out to under $10 a model to $100 or more. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "3D printed hearts and joints? Doctors at UMMC, VA Hospital are starting with models," 24 July 2019 Several mattresses are among her sober, widely admired sculptures of ordinary objects — plus the negative space around and within them — which Whiteread cast in resin, rubber, concrete and other industrial materials. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid," 17 July 2019 During the age of the dinosaurs, Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley was filled with trees that oozed sticky resin, which often trapped plants and small animals, preserving their remains for millions of years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Prehistoric Bird Had Weirdly Long Toes," 13 July 2019 The famed resin, known to hundreds of millions as one of the three gifts of the Magi who visited Jesus after his birth, is in decline. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Frankincense in trouble: Iconic 'Gift of the Magi' is in decline," 2 July 2019

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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 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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