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vinyl

[ vahyn-l ]
/ ˈvaɪn l /
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noun
Chemistry. the vinyl group, the univalent group C2H3, 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.
adjective
Chemistry. containing the vinyl group.
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Origin of vinyl

1860–65; <Latin vīn(um) wine + -yl
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British Dictionary definitions for vinyl

vinyl
/ (ˈvaɪnɪl) /

noun
(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH 2 CH-a vinyl polymer; vinyl chloride
(modifier) of, consisting of, or made of a vinyl resina vinyl raincoat
any vinyl polymer, resin, or plastic, esp PVC
(collectively) conventional records made of vinyl as opposed to compact discs

Word Origin for vinyl

C19: from vini- + -yl
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Scientific definitions for vinyl

vinyl
[ vīnəl ]

The group C2H3, derived from ethylene.
Any of various chemical compounds, typically highly reactive, that contain this group and are used in making plastics.
Any of various plastics made of vinyl, typically tough, flexible, and shiny, often used in upholstery and clothing.
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