Definition of Lacquer

1. Noun. A black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish.

Generic synonyms: Gum



2. Verb. Coat with lacquer. "A lacquered box from China"
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament
Specialized synonyms: Japan

3. Noun. A hard glossy coating.
Generic synonyms: Coat, Coating
Specialized synonyms: Japan

Definition of Lacquer

1. n. A varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol, often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; -- used for varnishing metals, papier- maché, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made.

2. v. t. To cover with lacquer.

Definition of Lacquer

1. Noun. A glossy, resinous material used as a surface coating; either a natural exudation of certain trees, or a solution of nitrocellulose in alcohol, etc. ¹

2. Noun. A similar finish, baked onto the inside of cans. ¹

3. Verb. To apply a lacquer to something or to give something a smooth, glossy finish. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lacquer

1. to coat with a glossy substance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Lacquer

1. A varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol, often coloured with gamboge, saffron, or the like; used for varnishing metals, papier-mache, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, especially. The tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made. Origin: F. Lacre a sort of sealing wax, Pg. Lacte, fr. Laca lac. See Lac the resin Alternative forms: lacker. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lacquer

lacmuses
laconian
laconic
laconical
laconically
laconicism
laconicisms
laconicum
laconism
laconisms
laconize
laconized
laconizes
laconizing
lacosamide
lacquer (current term)
lacquer-ware
lacquer tree
lacquered
lacquerer
lacquerers
lacquering
lacquerless
lacquerlike
lacquers
lacquerware
lacquerwares
lacquerwork
lacquerworks
lacquey

Literary usage of Lacquer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"(2) The commoner lacquer (Ki-no urushi) is full of impurities and a viscous liquid of a dirty gray tone. The impurities are allowed to settle and the ..."

2. Terry's Japanese Empire by Thomas Philip Terry (1914)
"The art of lacquer manufacture came from China, but in none have the Japanese so quickly disengaged themselves from their Chinese masters and patterns and ..."

3. Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan by Asiatic Society of Japan (1881)
"Names of the principal kinds of laCquer ware and the localities in which ... Cultivation of the lacquer tree, and the mode of obtaining the lacquer varnish. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The lacquer used in the East is, in general, variously coloured sealing-wax, applied, ... Quite distinct from these, and from all other forms of lacquer, ..."

5. Things Chinese: Or, Notes Connected with China by James Dyer Ball (1904)
"The lacquer is originally a resinous gum obtained from the ... The lacquer sap is of a very irritating nature, especially to some constitutions, ..."

6. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"Shell lac is the basis of the varnish commonly employed, whence the coating is termed lacquer, and the process lacquering. ..."

7. Chinese Art by Stephen Wootton Bushell, Victoria and Albert Museum (1904)
"The lid of a box of Canton lacquer is illustrated in Fig. ... 87 are examples of older Chinese lacquer work on metal, being fashioned of lead and lacquered ..."

8. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"The body of this ware is of wood, and the lacquer or varnish with which it is coated is the juice of the lacquer- tree (l!lius ..."

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