shellac

noun
shel·​lac | \ shə-ˈlak How to pronounce shellac (audio) \

Definition of shellac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : purified lac usually prepared in thin orange or yellow flakes by heating and filtering and often bleached white
2 : a preparation of lac dissolved usually in alcohol and used chiefly as a wood filler and finish
3a : a composition containing shellac formerly used for making phonograph records
b : an old 78 rpm phonograph record

shellac

verb
shellacked; shellacking

Definition of shellac (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to coat or otherwise treat with shellac or a shellac varnish
2 : to defeat decisively

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Examples of shellac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the turn of the century, the ever-expanding electrical industry was running low on shellac, a resin secreted by the female lac bug which could be used as an insulating material. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 Shifts in format — from wax cylinders to shellac discs to LPs to CDs and MP3s and now streaming — arrive periodically to transform the record trade. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 Methanol is a type of alcohol that's often used as an ingredient in antifreeze, paint thinner, shellac, and windshield wiper fluid, according to MedlinePlus. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "Could Bootleg Alcohol Explain The Dominican Republic Deaths?," 18 June 2019 The site became industrialized with the Lacy Foundry and industries that made shellac and paint. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Harbor Point becomes a Cinderella story for an industrial site people once avoided," 15 June 2019 This contained inorganic pigments in an organic binding medium overlaid by a shellac varnish. The Economist, "Researchers find a way to use minute samples to detect forged paintings," 8 June 2019 Softer brushes, like this one, are better for stains and clear finishes, like varnish, spar varnish, shellac, and brushing lacquers. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019 Pro tip: When playing football, use shellac nail polish. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "A battle for respect, then in the trenches: For Newport’s Jenna Martz, football is feminism," 26 Oct. 2018 The process was a simple two steps: First came a thick, shellac-like coat of MAC clear Lipglass. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Marbleized Lips at Eckhaus Latta Are About to Become an Art-Punk Beauty Obsession," 8 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tactic certainly worked for the 49ers, who shellacked the Bengals, 41-17. BostonGlobe.com, "Instead, the start of the 2019 season has been a nightmare.," 22 Sep. 2019 Foster a serious contender While all attention was on Katy and North Shore in Galena Park or even Westfield and Lamar in Spring, Foster shellacked College Station in a 52-14 win at Legacy Stadium in Katy. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: Lightning strikes, again," 30 Aug. 2019 In the same vain, Montana recent shellacked Northern Alabama to the tune of a 61-17 victory in Week 2. Zachary Neel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Montana Grizzlies at Oregon Ducks odds, picks and best bets," 14 Sep. 2019 The tender vegetables were shellacked in fragrant, feisty pepper paste. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019 But then there is what has transpired for the last three days at T-Mobile Park, including Saturday night’s embarrassing 18-4 shellacking imposed on the Mariners by the Twins. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "How low can they go? Mariners embarrassed by Minnesota in 18-4 shellacking," 19 May 2019 Lou Barletta, who has built a career on immigration hawkery, got shellacked in Pennsylvania. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trumpism doesn’t win majorities. And Trump doesn’t care.," 7 Nov. 2018 Clinton got shellacked, losing the House for the Democrats for the first time since Harry Truman was in office. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A quick game of quarters," 27 July 2018 Despite being shellacked last week by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, de León managed to hang on to second place and a spot on the November ballot. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bad news comes in bunches for Kevin de León: Key lawmaker backs Feinstein," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of shellac

Noun

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shellac

Noun

shell entry 1 + lac

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The first known use of shellac was in 1704

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Shellac.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shellacs. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for shellac

shellac

noun
How to pronounce shellac (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shellac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clear liquid that dries into a hard coating and that is put on a surface to protect it

shellac

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shellac (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat (something) with shellac
US, informal : to defeat (a person or team) easily and completely

shellac

noun
shel·​lac | \ shə-ˈlak How to pronounce shellac (audio) \

Kids Definition of shellac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a varnish made from a material that is given off by an insect and that is dissolved usually in alcohol

shellac

verb
shellacked; shellacking

Kids Definition of shellac (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat with shellac

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