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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This modern all-weather resin wicker-style set, now 20% off, includes two chairs and a round side table — just right for coffee in the mornings, cocktails in the evenings and plenty of relaxing in between. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Shop Labor Day deals at The Home Depot for patio, kitchen, storage and more," 4 Sep. 2020 There was also evidence of the mouth opening being filled with resin (most likely natron) to render the snake harmless. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Peer inside a mummified cat from ancient Egypt, courtesy of high-res 3D X-rays," 21 Aug. 2020 Copal incense, made from tree resin, is also used to purify the area surrounding the altar. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "The Día de los Muertos Traditions You Should Learn About Before Celebrating the Latinx Holiday," 18 Aug. 2020 The tile sheets are made from a 3D resin that’s eco-friendly and super easy to clean—like wipe down with a sponge easy. Popular Science, "Stylish, non-permanent home upgrades all renters should know," 9 Sep. 2019 Starting in the 1930s, the primary material to make records transitioned from shellac, a kind of resin, to synthetic plastic vinyl. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Vinyl sales rock on in spite of Covid-19," 21 Aug. 2020 These nail polishes don’t have any toxic formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin or camphor that are common in nail polishes. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "22 unique and thoughtful gifts for new parents and their baby," 14 Aug. 2020 Oak and hickory are great nut producers, and pine was important to build canoes and seal it with sticky resin. Marc D. Abrams, Scientific American, "Don't Downplay the Role of Indigenous People in Molding the Ecological Landscape," 5 Aug. 2020 Use your knife to score some of the fatwood splints and shave curls of resin-rich fatwood onto the head of the torch. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017

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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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9 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resin. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for resin

resin

noun
How to pronounce resin (audio)

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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