- lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
- a varnish (shellac varnish) made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
- a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, especially one to be played at 78 r.p.m.: an LP that can hold nearly 10 times as much as the old shellac.
- to coat or treat with shellac.
- to defeat; trounce.
- to thrash soundly.
Origin of shellac
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Examples from the Web for shellacked
In 1982, when Reagan got shellacked in the midterm elections, the unemployment rate was near 11 percent.Lousy Economy Won't Sink Obama
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Just ask Bob Inglis, the South Carolina congressman, who was shellacked by primary challenger Trey Gowdy in June.South Carolina's GOP Civil War
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A floor which has been shellacked should be wiped with warm water.
The floors of the Sunshine apartment were hard finished and shellacked.The Van Dwellers
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She was grimed and shellacked with dirt and grease, and smelled abominably.Moran of the Lady Letty
These Cameras are made of hardwood, shellacked, not varnished.Photogravure
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He shellacked the condensers and other exposed parts and found the proceeding rather effective.The Home of the Blizzard
- a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
- Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
- a gramophone record based on shellac
- to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
- US slang to defeat completely
C18: shell + lac 1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates
Word Origin and History for shellacked
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