Definitions for vinylˈvaɪn l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•nylˈvaɪn l(n.)

  1. the univalent group C3H3, derived from ethylene.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. any resin formed by polymerizing vinyl compounds or any plastic made from such resins.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. Slang.a phonograph record made of vinyl.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio, Informal

Origin of vinyl:

1860–65; < L vīn(um)wine+ -yl

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vinyl, vinyl group, vinyl radical(noun)

    a univalent chemical radical derived from ethylene

  2. vinyl(noun)

    shiny and tough and flexible plastic; used especially for floor coverings


  1. vinyl(Noun)

    The univalent radical CH=CH, derived from ethylene

  2. vinyl(Noun)

    Any of various compounds and substances containing the vinyl radical, especially various tough, flexible, shiny plastics

  3. vinyl(Noun)

    Phonograph records as a medium

    Many DJs prefer vinyl to CDs.

  4. vinyl(Adjective)

    containing the vinyl radical

  5. vinyl(Adjective)

    Made of polyvinyl chloride.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vinyl(noun)

    the hypothetical radical C2H3, regarded as the characteristic residue of ethylene and that related series of unsaturated hydrocarbons with which the allyl compounds are homologous


  1. Vinyl

    In chemistry, vinyl or ethenyl is the functional group −CH=CH2, namely the ethene molecule minus one hydrogen atom. The name is also used for any compound containing that group, namely R−CH=CH2 where R is any other group of atoms. An industrially important example is vinyl chloride, precursor to PVC, a plastic commonly known as vinyl. Vinil is one of the alkenyl functional groups. On a carbon skeleton, sp²-hybridized carbons or positions are often called vinylic. Allyls, acrylates and styrenics contain vinyl groups.


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