Lacquer being applied to a wood floor.
The definition of a lacquer is a substance used to coat something. It is made of solvents with dissolved nitrocellulose.
Facts About Lacquer
- Lacquer can be tinted.
- Lacquer produces a hard, glossy surface that is resistant to weather, dirt, and grime and is easy to wipe clean.
- Lacquer is usually sprayed on as a top coat.
- Lacquer dries very rapidly.
- Lacquer is very flammable and care must be used with the application method and usage to ensure that no fire hazard exists.
- The chemicals in lacquer can cause an exothermic reaction, meaning that as they dry, they can produce heat. This can cause rags or other disposed cleaning products to potentially spontaneously combust.
- Lacquer is often used for outdoor surfaces.
An example of a lacquer is a tough, shiny coating for a wooden floor.
- Lacquer is defined as to coat something with a resin material.
An example of lacquer is to cover a wooden floor with a shellac or resin.
- a coating substance consisting of resinous materials, as cellulose esters or ethers, shellac, or gum or alkyd resins, dissolved in ethyl alcohol or another solvent that evaporates rapidly on application, leaving a tough, adherent film: pigments are often added to form lacquer enamels
- a resinous varnish obtained from certain Chinese and Japanese trees (esp. Toxicodendron vernicifluum) of the cashew family, used to give a hard, smooth, highly polished finish to wood
- a decorative article or articles made of wood and coated with this lacquerin full lac′quer·ware· or lac′quer·work·
Origin of lacquerFrench laquer, earlier lacre from Portuguese from laca, gum lac from Hindi l?kh: see lac
- Any of various clear or colored synthetic coatings made by dissolving nitrocellulose or other cellulose derivatives together with plasticizers and pigments in a mixture of volatile solvents and used to impart a high gloss to surfaces.
- A glossy, resinous material, such as the processed sap of the lacquer tree, used as a surface coating.
- A finish that is baked onto the inside of food and beverage cans.
transitive verblac·quered, lac·quer·ing, lac·quers
- To coat with lacquer.
- To give a sleek, glossy finish to.
Origin of lacquerObsolete French lacre sealing wax from Portuguese from lacca resin of the lac insect from Arabic lakk ; see lac 1.
(third-person singular simple present lacquers, present participle lacquering, simple past and past participle lacquered)
- To apply a lacquer to something or to give something a smooth, glossy finish.