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[v. lam-uh-neyt; adj., n. lam-uh-neyt, -nit] /v. ˈlæm əˌneɪt; adj., n. ˈlæm əˌneɪt, -nɪt/
verb (used with object), laminated, laminating.
to separate or split into thin layers.
to form (metal) into a thin plate, as by beating or rolling.
to construct from layers of material bonded together.
to cover or overlay with laminae.
verb (used without object), laminated, laminating.
to split into thin layers.
Also, laminous. composed of or having laminae.
a laminated product; lamination.
Origin of laminate
1660-70; < New Latin lāminātus. See lamina, -ate1
Related forms
laminator, noun
multilaminate, adjective
nonlaminating, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laminate
  • Refacing entails bonding new material, either plastic laminate or wood veneer, over the old cabinet faces with contact cement.
  • The surface vibrations of laminate guitars die out more quickly than those of solid surface guitars.
  • If you're going to laminate your luggage tags, print the tags out on thick, white card stock.
  • Its cottages feature laminate floors and fully stocked kitchens.
  • One proposal is to laminate the electrical circuitry.
  • laminate the aluminum photos before installing them to protect the images.
  • Unfortunately, repairing damaged laminate is often impossible, and patching or replacing it is the only solution.
  • The springy bentwood chair is made of eight layers of beech laminate, and has a foam seat covered in blue fabric.
  • The large living and dining room has updated lighting, pretty laminate flooring, lots of windows and high ceilings.
  • The wall-mounted laminate units come in cherry or maple color.
British Dictionary definitions for laminate


verb (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt)
(transitive) to make (material in sheet form) by bonding together two or more thin sheets
to split or be split into thin sheets
(transitive) to beat, form, or press (material, esp metal) into thin sheets
(transitive) to cover or overlay with a thin sheet of material
noun (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt; -nɪt)
a material made by bonding together two or more sheets
adjective (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt; -nɪt)
having or composed of lamina; laminated
Derived Forms
laminable (ˈlæmɪnəbəl) adjective
laminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin lāminātus plated
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Word Origin and History for laminate

1660s, "to beat or roll into thin plates," from Latin lamina "thin piece of metal or wood, thin slice, plate, leaf, layer," of unknown origin. Many modern senses are from the noun meaning "an artificial thin layer" (1939), especially a type of plastic adhesive. Related: Laminated; laminating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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