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[vahyn-l] /ˈvaɪn l/
Chemistry. the vinyl group, the univalent group C 3 H 3 , derived from ethylene.
any resin formed by polymerizing vinyl compounds, or any of a group of plastics made from such resins:
This flooring is vinyl, although it looks like wood.
  1. phonograph records made of vinyl, considered collectively:
    I'd like to sell my collection of vinyl.
  2. vinyl as the material or medium for such records or recordings:
    songs recorded on vinyl.
Chemistry. containing the vinyl group.
Origin of vinyl
1860-65; < Latin vīn(um) wine + -yl Unabridged
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(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH2CH-: a vinyl polymer, vinyl chloride
(modifier) of, consisting of, or made of a vinyl resin: a vinyl raincoat
any vinyl polymer, resin, or plastic, esp PVC
(collectively) conventional records made of vinyl as opposed to compact discs
Word Origin
C19: from vini- + -yl
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Word Origin and History for vinyl

plastic or synthetic resin, 1939, short for polyvinyl; not in widespread use until late 1950s. Slang meaning "phonograph record" (1976) replaced wax (n.) in that sense.

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vinyl in Medicine

vinyl vi·nyl (vī'nəl)
The univalent radical CH2-CH derived from ethylene.

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vinyl in Science
  1. The group C2H3, derived from ethylene.

  2. Any of various chemical compounds, typically highly reactive, that contain this group and are used in making plastics.

  3. Any of various plastics made of vinyl, typically tough, flexible, and shiny, often used in upholstery and clothing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for vinyl



  1. : woman who rides the vinyl grooves
  2. Having to do with discotheques, the dancing done there, etc: The only vinyl junkies were the nattily-suited variety


Phonograph records; recording: Now this disco graffiti has found its way to vinyl and created quite a bit of excitement

[1976+; fr the chemical material used for phonograph records, semantically analogous with earlier wax]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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