- refined lac, a resinous substance usually produced in thin, flaky layers or shells and used in making varnish, phonograph records, insulating materials, etc.
- a thin, usually clear kind of varnish containing this resin and alcohol
Origin of shellacshel(l) + lac, used as translated, translation of French laque en écailles, lac in fine sheets
transitive verb-·lacked′, -·lack′ing
- to apply shellac to; cover or varnish with shellac
- to beat
- to defeat decisively
- 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.
- A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
- An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
transitive verbshel·lacked, shel·lack·ing, shel·lacs, also shel·lacked shel·lack·ing shel·lacks
- To coat or finish with shellac.
- Slang a. To strike repeatedly and severely; batter.b. To defeat decisively.
Origin of shellacshel(l) lac 1 ( translation of French laque en écailles lac in thin plates )
(third-person singular simple present shellacs, present participle shellacking, simple past and past participle shellacked)