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
Shellack—my Canton correspondent—a man I was anxious to be of use to when he came over!Vice Versa | F. Anstey
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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