lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish (shellac varnish ) by dissolving it in alcohol or a similar solvent.
formerly, a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, especially one to be played at 78 r.p.m.: In the antique shop I found a stack of old shellacs with recordings of great wartime classics.
to coat or treat with shellac.
to defeat; trounce.
to thrash soundly.
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How to use shellac in a sentence
To make the finger move, the Linz group wrapped it with an exoskeleton made from a material that included ethanol and shellac, the resin that’s used in very old records.The future might be filled with squishy robots printed to order | Rahul Rao | February 5, 2022 | Popular-Science
It was a fluke discovery by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland, who was seeking an alternative to the natural shellac that insulated electrical cables.Materials of the last century shaped modern life, but at a price | Carolyn Wilke | January 28, 2022 | Science News
At the time, what gave natural polymers like cellulose, shellac and rubber their properties remained unknown.Materials of the last century shaped modern life, but at a price | Carolyn Wilke | January 28, 2022 | Science News
These crystallize rapidly in the heat, forming a shiny, viscous shellac known as amberat.What’s in a packrat’s petrified pee? Just a few thousand years of secrets. | Rachel Feltman | August 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
When partially exhausted the aluminum shutters are dipped into a bath of shellac.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
When the stone is warm wipe off the oil which the heat has driven out and apply a couple of coats of shellac to the broken ends.
When the shellac is thoroughly dry, warm the stone again to melt the shellac, and clamp the pieces together.
Good white shellac makes the best finish for the seat; the stool itself may be finished to suit.
This metal tube should be coated with thick shellac, and the paper tube slipped over it for 1 in.
British Dictionary definitions for shellac
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
- shellacker, noun
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