vi·​nyl | \ˈvī-nᵊl \

Definition of vinyl 

1 : a monovalent radical CH2=CH derived from ethylene by removal of one hydrogen atom

2 : a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (such as a resin or a textile fiber) made from such a polymer

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vinylic \vī-​ˈni-​lik \ adjective

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Metro installed vinyl on half the seats in one subway car, and left the upholstery intact on the other. Laura J. Nelson,, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 Other perks on the Gunnar include an exterior side table, custom vinyl wrapped sides, a road shower for keeping clean, and a 19-inch flat screen. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom teardrop trailer uses a rooftop tent to camp a family," 3 Oct. 2018 Keep the generator at least 10 feet from the house to minimize risks from CO and also the risk of the generator's hot muffler melting vinyl siding. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Home Generator 101: How to Power on When the Power Goes Out," 10 Sep. 2018 An unnamed conservative street artist took credit for the move, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and was behind adhering a number of laminated, vinyl stars to the iconic sidewalk. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Several fake Trump stars reportedly appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame," 9 Aug. 2018 Check Olympic Records for all your vinyl needs (580 Wickenden St. 401- 301-9266) and pop in to antique/vintage store Rocket to Mars for an eye-popping display of retro tickets, clothings, books, postcards and more, mostly from the ’20s through ’80s. Lauren Daley,, "Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat," 23 May 2018 One of the nearly life-size vinyl cling signs depicts a child curled up with a woman on the sidewalk. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "It might be hard to look away from these sidewalk pleas," 10 July 2018 Lake House is a bright, tiny spot with a family feel, fewer than 20 tables and vinyl booths squeezed at the back of the Lake House apartment tower on Edgewater Drive. Troy L. Smith,, "Rae Sremmurd joins Wiz Khalifa for 'Dazed & Blazed' tour," 15 May 2018 Ben Semple, a landscape architect who represented Dadam and her husband, Jake, said the development would use quality components such as wood and brick and no vinyl siding. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "A Boise developer wanted to build homes on a former community garden. What happened? | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of vinyl

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vinyl

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin vinum wine

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The first known use of vinyl was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of vinyl

: a plastic material that is used to make records, clothing, etc., and as a covering for floors, walls, furniture, etc.


vi·​nyl | \ˈvī-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of vinyl

: a substance or product (as a fiber) made from an artificial plastic


vi·​nyl | \ˈvīn-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of vinyl 

1 : a monovalent radical CH2=CH derived from ethylene by removal of one hydrogen atom

2 : a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (as a resin or a textile fiber) made from one

Other Words from vinyl

vinylic \vī-​ˈnil-​ik \ adjective

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