Rosin meaning

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A translucent yellowish to dark brown resin derived from the stumps or sap of various pine trees, composed chiefly of abietic acid and related compounds, and used to increase sliding friction, as on the bows of certain stringed instruments, and to manufacture a wide variety of products including varnishes, inks, linoleum, adhesives, and soldering compounds.
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To coat or rub with rosin.
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The hard, brittle resin, light-yellow to almost black in color, remaining after oil of turpentine has been distilled from crude turpentine or obtained from chemically treated pine stumps: it is used in making varnish, inks, soaps, insulation, etc., and is rubbed on violin bows to prevent slipping on the strings, or on the hands to prevent slipping on gymnastic equipment, etc.
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To rub with rosin.
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(organic chemistry) A solid form of resin, obtained from liquid resin by vaporizing its volatile components.
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To apply rosin to something.

We waited expectantly as the guest violinist rosined up his bow in preparation to playing.

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Origin of rosin

  • Middle English variant of resin resin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition