Definition of rosin in English:

rosin

Syllabification: ros·in
Pronunciation: /ˈräzən
 
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noun

  • Resin, especially the solid amber residue obtained after the distillation of crude turpentine oleoresin, or of naphtha extract from pine stumps. It is used in adhesives, varnishes, and inks and for treating the bows of stringed instruments.
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    • Linoleum, made from all-natural materials including linseed oil and pine rosin, is a low-cost and maintenance-free choice.
    • Marina was only half-listening as she took Shell's rosin box and ran the hard, translucent, amber colored rosin along the hairs.
    • In the aquatint process, areas covered by rosin powder become pitted when immersed in an acid bath.

verb (rosins, rosining, rosined)

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  • Rub (something, especially the bow of a stringed instrument) with rosin.
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    • Once open she proceeds to pull out the violin and rosin her bow.
    • As Shelley talked happily about the viola player and rosining her bow, Marina plucked the strings softly - A, D, G, up to E - tuning quietly with the fine tuners.
    • An instrument with strings sounded by a rosined wheel instead of a bow.

Derivatives

rosiny

adjective

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin rosina, from Latin resina (see resin).

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