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
2a : a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (such as a resin or a textile fiber) made from such a polymer often used before another noun a house with vinyl sidingvinyl tiles/flooring
b(1) : vinyl used as a material for phonograph records a vinyl record … 1970's revolutionary record "Wake the Town," the first "rap" song ever released on vinyl. [=as a phonograph record]— Rob Kenner The opening multimedia bonanza also features … reissues of the band's 13 studio albums on vinyl— Jerry McCulley
(2) : phonograph records recorded on vinyl a shop selling vintage vinyl The owner of the company … said GZ Media produced 300,000 records in 1994, but, with the global resurgence in the popularity of vinyl, it expects to produce 20 million this year.— Rick Lyman These are people who … listen to vinyl at home.— John King

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Other Words from vinyl

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

Examples of vinyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The record, the Glasgow band’s third, reached number one on the U.K. album chart in June 2001 and will be available on CD and as a vinyl box set on December 3rd. Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 Each stall was set up with a table with a white cloth and paper covering the tabletop, the sections separated by clear vinyl. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Rather than placing them in large frames, like the current maps, the MTA is printing some onto self-adhesive vinyl that can be stuck directly to walls. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 The album surges back onto the list following its signed CD and vinyl LP release on Oct. 1. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 12 Oct. 2021 Nearly half of those were vinyl purchases, as the project just became available on wax. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Swift has established herself as the queen of contemporary vinyl with her three releases in the last year and a half. Chris Willman, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 There will also be a handful of vendors selling streetwear, K-pop merchandise, kawaii art and jewelry and vinyl toys. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 9 Oct. 2021 And in order to be functional, your doormat should have a non-slip rubber or vinyl backing with a coir or burlap material that effectively wipes off the dirt from shoes. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Oct. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Vinyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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 vinyl (audio) \ adjective

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