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shel·lac

also shel·lack (shə-lăk′)
n.
1. 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.
2. A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
3. An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
tr.v. shel·lacked, shel·lack·ing, shel·lacs also shel·lacked or shel·lack·ing or shel·lacks
1. To coat or finish with shellac.
2. Slang
a. To strike repeatedly and severely; batter.
b. To defeat decisively.

[shel(l) + lac (translation of French laque en écailles, lac in thin plates).]

shellac

or

shellack

n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
2. (Elements & Compounds) Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
3. a gramophone record based on shellac
vb (tr) , -lacs, -lacking or -lacked
4. to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
5. slang US to defeat completely
[C18: shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates]
shelˈlacker n

shel•lac

or shel•lack

(ʃəˈlæk)

n.
1. lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
2. a varnish made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
3. a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, esp. one played at 78 r.p.m.
v.t.
4. to coat or treat with shellac.
5. Slang.
a. to defeat; trounce.
b. to thrash soundly.
[1705–15; translation of French laque en écailles lac in thin plates]

shellac


Past participle: shellacked
Gerund: shellacking

Imperative
shellac
shellac
Present
I shellac
you shellac
he/she/it shellacs
we shellac
you shellac
they shellac
Preterite
I shellacked
you shellacked
he/she/it shellacked
we shellacked
you shellacked
they shellacked
Present Continuous
I am shellacking
you are shellacking
he/she/it is shellacking
we are shellacking
you are shellacking
they are shellacking
Present Perfect
I have shellacked
you have shellacked
he/she/it has shellacked
we have shellacked
you have shellacked
they have shellacked
Past Continuous
I was shellacking
you were shellacking
he/she/it was shellacking
we were shellacking
you were shellacking
they were shellacking
Past Perfect
I had shellacked
you had shellacked
he/she/it had shellacked
we had shellacked
you had shellacked
they had shellacked
Future
I will shellac
you will shellac
he/she/it will shellac
we will shellac
you will shellac
they will shellac
Future Perfect
I will have shellacked
you will have shellacked
he/she/it will have shellacked
we will have shellacked
you will have shellacked
they will have shellacked
Future Continuous
I will be shellacking
you will be shellacking
he/she/it will be shellacking
we will be shellacking
you will be shellacking
they will be shellacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shellacking
you have been shellacking
he/she/it has been shellacking
we have been shellacking
you have been shellacking
they have been shellacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shellacking
you will have been shellacking
he/she/it will have been shellacking
we will have been shellacking
you will have been shellacking
they will have been shellacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shellacking
you had been shellacking
he/she/it had been shellacking
we had been shellacking
you had been shellacking
they had been shellacking
Conditional
I would shellac
you would shellac
he/she/it would shellac
we would shellac
you would shellac
they would shellac
Past Conditional
I would have shellacked
you would have shellacked
he/she/it would have shellacked
we would have shellacked
you would have shellacked
they would have shellacked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shellac - lac purified by heating and filteringshellac - lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white
lac - resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax
stick lac - lac in its natural state as scraped off twigs and dried
2.shellac - a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood
French polish shellac, French polish - a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol
varnish - a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
lac - resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax
Verb1.shellac - cover with shellac; "She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots"
varnish, seal - cover with varnish

shellac

verb
Slang. To render totally ineffective by decisive defeat:
Informal: massacre, wallop.
Slang: clobber, cream, smear.
Translations
lakatasellakka
schellack

shellac

[ʃəˈlæk] Ngoma f (laca f)

shellac

[ʃəˈlæk ˈʃɛlæk] n (= varnish) → gomme-laque f

shellac

vb: pret, ptp <shellacked>
nSchellack m
vt
(= varnish)mit Schellack behandeln
(US sl: = defeat utterly) → fertigmachen (inf); (= beat)vermöbeln (inf); to get a shellackingeins auf die Schnauze kriegen (inf); (= beating also)eine Tracht Prügel kriegen
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