resin

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noun

res·​in ˈre-zᵊn How to pronounce resin (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
resinous
ˈre-zᵊn-əs How to pronounce resin (audio)
ˈrez-nəs
adjective

resin

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verb

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

transitive verb

: to treat with resin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Smaller sculptures, in bronze, resin and lead, hide among the trees. Jay Cheshes, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 Made with resin and fiberboards, laminate floors might seem like a durable addition to your home. Kelsey Mulvey, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 Tropic Pines IPA, the brewery’s flagship, which delivers pine, resin and a supporting malt profile with moderate, balanced bitterness. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 This attractive deck box—currently on sale for nearly $225 of the list price—is covered in water-resistant espresso brown resin-wicker, with a rust-resistant steel frame. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 This set of all-weather resin wicker is durable enough to last season after season. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2022 This Sol furniture set seats up to seven people and includes a U-shaped sectional and square coffee table made from resin wicker and a steel frame. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2021 Asafetida, or heeng in Hindi, is a resin, yellowish-white and sticky. Madhur Jaffrey, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2022 In cannabis resin, the sticky brown sap on the plant from which extracts and concentrations are made, THC levels increased by approximately 5.7 milligrams each year from 1975 to 2017, the study found. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 25 July 2022
Verb
Next, consider the best shed material—options range from steel to resin to wood—for your home's climate. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2021 Not resin, not pine tar, not sunscreen, just Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud is permitted. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 24 June 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1865, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Resin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resin. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

resin

noun

res·​in
ˈrez-ᵊn
1
: any of various yellowish or brownish substances (as rosin) that are obtained from the gum or sap of some trees (as the pine) and are used in varnishes and plastics and in medicine
2
: any of various manufactured products that are similar to natural resins in properties and are used chiefly in plastics
resinous
ˈrez-nəs
-ᵊn-əs
adjective

Medical Definition

resin

noun

res·​in ˈrez-ᵊn How to pronounce resin (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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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