vi·​nyl | \ ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

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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Other Words from vinyl

vinylic \ vī-​ˈni-​lik How to pronounce vinylic (audio) \ adjective

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Listening bars — cafes with high-end audio equipment, where patrons listen to vinyl records, carefully selected by a bartender, from a record library behind the bar — have been an institution in Japan since the 1950s. Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "Learning to Listen, in a Los Angeles Cafe Built for Vinyl," 3 June 2019 Listening to and collecting vinyl records is a special hobby of mine that helps me feel even closer to the beats, lyrics, and perspectives of many of my favorite artists. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Playing Vinyl Records Is My Favorite Way to Unplug," 26 Mar. 2019 Miley previously gave us a sneak peek from the show, wearing a dress literally made out of vinyl records. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Channels Hannah Montana at the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Afterparty," 1 Mar. 2019 At the Shinola Hotel, each suite will have a Shinola Runwell turntable and a collection of vinyl records. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Shinola Hotel Anchors New Detroit Development," 25 Dec. 2018 According to the dealer's Instagram, Clooney wore an ivory suit with brown vinyl trim (circa 1965) while on a trip to Paris on February 25, 2017. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle Go to the Same Vintage Dealer," 13 Mar. 2019 Some surprises are even practical: In the kitchen, what looks like silk wallpaper is really a very sneaky washable vinyl. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 What ultimately stung worse than the blistering cold or his overloaded backpack was the failure of that mammoth mattress, constructed of shoddy vinyl, to handle the single-digit temperatures. Clint Carter, WSJ, "Never Camped in the Snow? You’re Missing Out.," 11 Dec. 2018 Formats for the collection include limited edition deluxe box set, limited edition deluxe double CD, double CD in slipcase, quadruple heavyweight vinyl in slipcase, and digital download. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Ignition Records Announces Joe Strummer Major Rarities Collection," 29 June 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 How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

Kids Definition of vinyl

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


vi·​nyl | \ ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

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 How to pronounce vinylic (audio) \ adjective

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