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Definition of "shellac" [shel•lac]

  • A purified lac in the form of thin yellow or orange flakes, often bleached white and widely used in varnishes, paints, inks, sealants, and formerly in phonograph records. (noun)
  • A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood. (noun)
  • An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm. (noun)
  • To coat or finish with shellac. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To strike repeatedly and severely; batter. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shellac" in a sentence
  • "The important things are to keep the shellac cup and brush for _shellac only_, (indeed, it is"
  • "Perhaps the spray from his orange-tan or hair shellac is getting to him."
  • "The suggestion for white pigmented shellac is a good one, but not for the purpose of sealing the algae in, but to keep moisture out."