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

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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 Rooms are blissfully free of televisions, and each one comes with a turntable and a selection of vinyl records. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "First Look: Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, California," 30 Nov. 2018 Head directly to the West Bottoms, where mid-century modern furniture, vintage light fixtures, old vinyl records, and all sorts of other odds and ends crowd Restoration Emporium, Stuffology, and Good Ju Ju. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 The archive also maintains a nearby warehouse for storing physical media—not just books, but things like vinyl records, too. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 Together, the collection of twinkle lights strung from the dorm’s celling, the assortment of artwork on the walls (everything from woven tapestries to various vinyl records), and warm vintage hues work jointly to make this room one stunning space. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mississippi College Dorm Decor," 11 Sep. 2018 But with vinyl making a comeback, can the record player be far behind? Bob Weber,, "Can CD players come back in cars?," 23 Sep. 2017 Think red vinyl Topshop pants versus a warm wool Balenciaga coat. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Fashion Director Kerry Pieri Try on Her Entire Winter Wardrobe," 29 Jan. 2019 For example, the sparkly vinyl seats and chrome accents reminiscent of a quintessential ‘50s diner. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is Retro Furniture?," 14 Jan. 2019

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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