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[vahyn-l] /ˈvaɪn l/
Chemistry. containing the vinyl group.
any resin formed by polymerization of compounds containing the vinyl group or plastics made from such resins.
Origin of vinyl
1860-65; < Latin vīn(um) wine + -yl Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vinyl
  • IN some circles, putting vinyl siding on historic buildings is considered downright sinful.
  • The movement was made, of course, by the large covers of vinyl records.
  • Durable, easy-to-clean vinyl with adjustable volume.
  • Peel backing from vinyl letters and apply them to the pot within the circle.
  • Yet the printed book will never entirely die, as devotees of vinyl and film have shown.
  • There are two types of gutter systems you can install: aluminum and vinyl.
  • vinyl has long been the go-to format for audiophiles.
  • Don't use toothpaste on wallpaper unless it's vinyl.
  • In a music scene saturated with digital recordings, vinyl records have been making an unlikely comeback of late.
  • The reaction on and alongside the road seems to vary according to where people live and how snazzy their vinyl adhesive is.
British Dictionary definitions for vinyl


(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH2CH-: a vinyl polymer, vinyl chloride
(modifier) of, consisting of, or made of a vinyl resin: a vinyl raincoat
any vinyl polymer, resin, or plastic, esp PVC
(collectively) conventional records made of vinyl as opposed to compact discs
Word Origin
C19: from vini- + -yl
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Word Origin and History for vinyl

plastic or synthetic resin, 1939, short for polyvinyl; not in widespread use until late 1950s. Slang meaning "phonograph record" (1976) replaced wax (n.) in that sense.

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vinyl in Medicine

vinyl vi·nyl (vī'nəl)
The univalent radical CH2-CH derived from ethylene.

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vinyl in Science
  1. The group C2H3, derived from ethylene.

  2. Any of various chemical compounds, typically highly reactive, that contain this group and are used in making plastics.

  3. Any of various plastics made of vinyl, typically tough, flexible, and shiny, often used in upholstery and clothing.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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