Try Our Apps


World Series Quiz


[pol-ee-vahyn-l] /ˌpɒl iˈvaɪn l/
adjective, Chemistry.
pertaining to or derived from a vinyl polymer.
Origin of polyvinyl
1930-35; poly- + vinyl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for polyvinyl
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for polyvinyl


/ˌpɒlɪˈvaɪnɪl; -ˈvaɪnəl/
(modifier) designating a plastic or resin formed by polymerization of a vinyl derivative
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for polyvinyl

1930, polymer of vinyl chloride. In chemistry, vinyl was used from 1863 as the name of a univalent radical derived from ethylene, from Latin vinum "wine" (see wine (n.)), because ethyl alcohol is the ordinary alcohol present in wine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
polyvinyl in Medicine

polyvinyl pol·y·vi·nyl (pŏl'ē-vī'nəl)
Of, relating to, or characterizing a polymerized thermoplastic vinyl, such as polyvinyl chloride.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for polyvinyl

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for polyvinyl

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for polyvinyl