ros·​in | \ ˈrä-zᵊn How to pronounce rosin (audio) , ˈrȯ-, dialectal ˈrȯ-zəm \

Definition of rosin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a translucent amber-colored to almost black brittle friable resin that is obtained from the oleoresin or deadwood of pine trees or from tall oil and used especially in making varnish


rosined; rosining\ ˈräz-​niŋ How to pronounce rosining (audio) , ˈrȯz-​ ; ˈrä-​zᵊn-​iŋ , ˈrȯ-​ \

Definition of rosin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to rub or treat (something, such as the bow of a violin) with rosin

Examples of rosin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Making rosin does not require solvents such as butane and propane. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio medical marijuana: Officials issue first mandatory recall," 15 Nov. 2019 The chains look metallic but are made of polyurethane colophony (rosin) and iron powder, and the threads are silk — spun by silkworms that the artist guided to do his bidding. Scarlet Cheng, Los Angeles Times, "At LACMA, Chinese artworks zero in on a single material. Think ash. Or human hair," 12 Aug. 2019 Equipment manager Spencer Dallin and his staff also packed things like pine tar, rosin bags, batting tees and balls for the batting cage and special laundry detergent that are usually provided by the home team. Kevin Acee,, "Padres excited for experience of series in Mexico," 3 May 2018 When heat is added to the process, the resulting compound is called rosin hash. Alex Wigglesworth,, "Legal weed in California: A consumer's guide," 20 Apr. 2018 The land included an 8,000-square-foot barn big enough to cure and dry marijuana buds, as well as room to process extracts, rosins and hash. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "Pot Farmer to Neighbors: Chill Out. Neighbors: No.," 26 Sep. 2017 As Encarnacion finished his trot, Sale slammed the rosin bag to the ground. Dennis Manoloff,, "Cleveland Indians' offense impressive vs. Red Sox LHP Chris Sale: DMan's weekly recap," 6 Aug. 2017 Larson and her business partner now produce all of Toucan's rosin bags. Tribune News Service,, "How a Washington town's economy is shifting from timber to marijuana," 31 July 2017 Sunscreen mixed with rosin has become a popular method, with plenty of pitchers going to their wrists or necks in between pitches. Mike Berardino, Twin Cities, "Get a grip, Twins pitchers say of online accusations about Jose Berrios and his cap," 14 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every musician has a particular set of tasks and warm-ups before a performance or practice session—oiling the valves, rosining the bow, tuning, long tones, scales, stretches. Rachel Hawley, Smithsonian, "How Composer John Cage Transformed the Piano—With the Help of Some Household Objects," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of rosin


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rosin


Middle English, from Anglo-French reisine, rosine resin

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The first known use of rosin was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rosin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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ros·​in | \ ˈrä-zᵊn How to pronounce rosin (audio) \

Kids Definition of rosin

: a hard brittle yellow to dark red substance obtained especially from pine trees and used in varnishes and on violin bows


ros·​in | \ ˈräz-ᵊn How to pronounce rosin (audio) , ˈrȯz- How to pronounce rosin (audio) \

Medical Definition of rosin

: a translucent amber-colored to almost black brittle friable resin that is obtained from the oleoresin or deadwood of pine trees or from tall oil and is used in pharmacology as an adhesive constituent in plasters, cerates, and ointments

called also colophony

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