a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.
any of various resinous varnishes, especially a resinous varnish obtained from a Japanese tree, Rhus verniciflua, used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood or the like.
Also called lacquer ware, lac·quer·ware . ware, especially of wood, coated with such a varnish, and often inlaid: They collected fine Japanese lacquers.
Slang. any volatile solvent that produces euphoria when inhaled.
to coat with lacquer.
to cover, as with facile or fluent words or explanations cleverly worded, etc.; obscure the faults of; gloss (often followed by over): The speech tended to lacquer over the terrible conditions.
- lac·quer·er, noun
- re·lac·quer, verb (used with object)
- un·lac·quered, adjective
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How to use lacquer in a sentence
The lacquer cures for 72 hours, and then is sanded by hand to buff out any imperfections.
Azature has produced a black, glittering lacquer that contains 267 carats in the polish itself.
We both ordered grilled cheese for lunch and realized we were wearing the same color of nail lacquer.
It was a surface of polished lacquer, darker than the night, and powdered thick with the gold of reflected stars.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Then I came out beyond to a small temple on a mound, a sort of pointed roof on a circle of lacquer pillars.The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
I was about to lacquer some children's large blocks, playing blocks.
What did you notice in the garage when you entered it to lacquer those blocks?
You had reached the point at which you said you entered the garage to, did you say, lacquer some blocks which you had prepared?
British Dictionary definitions for lacquer
a hard glossy coating made by dissolving cellulose derivatives or natural resins in a volatile solvent
a black resinous substance, obtained from certain trees, used to give a hard glossy finish to wooden furniture
lacquer tree Also called: varnish tree an E Asian anacardiaceous tree, Rhus verniciflua, whose stem yields a toxic exudation from which black lacquer is obtained
Also called: hair lacquer a mixture of shellac and alcohol for spraying onto the hair to hold a style in place
art decorative objects coated with such lacquer, often inlaid
(tr) to apply lacquer to
- lacquerer, noun
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