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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • transitive verb To coat or rub with rosin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or rub with rosin.
  • noun Same as resin.
  • noun Specifically Resin as employed in a solid state for ordinary purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The hard, amber-colored resin left after distilling off the volatile oil of turpentine; colophony.
  • noun an oil obtained from the resin of the pine tree, -- used by painters and for lubricating machinery, etc.
  • transitive verb To rub with rosin, as musicians rub the bow of a violin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry A solid form of resin, obtained from liquid resin by vaporizing its volatile components.
  • noun Resin
  • verb To apply rosin to something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of a class of solid or semisolid viscous substances obtained either as exudations from certain plants or prepared by polymerization of simple molecules
  • verb rub rosin onto

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, variant of resin; see resin.]

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