Definition of laminate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlaməˌnāt/ /ˈlæməˌneɪt/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Overlay (a flat surface, especially paper) with a layer of plastic or some other protective material.

    ‘we will laminate your photos in clear plastic’
    • ‘The prints can also be laminated for protection and/or mounted onto Kappa board for extra sturdiness.’
    • ‘The credit card with driver's license may be laminated to provide additional protection against the alteration of information thereon.’
    • ‘Or send me $15, plus $1 shipping, and I will send you one laminated in plastic.’
    • ‘My poems are printed on white stock that has been laminated on both sides; a punch-hole in the upper corner allows a key chain to be put through the sheet.’
    • ‘Fortunately, we have managed to recover most of the posters, which are laminated and designed to be used year after year, and we have every intention of putting them up again next time.’
    • ‘According to my handy laminated Northeast USA Passenger Rail map, I'm somewhere near Perryville, Maryland, on my way to Greenbelt.’
    • ‘KCS launched their latest project, which is a laminated magnetic card, which contains all the emergency numbers, local groups and important listings.’
    • ‘The cards which are to be laminated have now gone to print.’
    • ‘Old newspaper clippings were carefully laminated to protect them from the elements.’
    • ‘So I'm not opposed to the idea of coming up with some means by which we can check people rather than just relying on someone showing any piece of plastic that you can have laminated as sort of a verification as to who they are.’
    • ‘Make sure the cover is good quality and laminated - it will make it stand out’
    • ‘A newspaper clipping, laminated, was taped to the side of the station, with a photo of a big grinning guy smiling into the sun.’
    • ‘The 20' x 26' laminated chart illustrates the muscular anatomy of the dog in full color.’
    • ‘If possible, laminate the bingo sheets for use with future groups.’
    • ‘Use small pieces of tape on the back to hold cards together, then laminate the mat at a print shop or office supplies store.’
    • ‘The paperback cover is unevenly laminated to imitate broken glass, but so convincingly that the book looks damaged.’
    • ‘It's something you expect in a user's manual or laminated cheat sheet, but this is back in the day when rack real estate was cheap!’
    • ‘The ticket-seller handed her a white, laminated sheet of paper, and she perused the names.’
    • ‘With a spurt in railway crimes the railway police have hit upon the idea to bring out posters and laminated sheets depicting the modus operandi employed by the offenders.’
    • ‘Salesmen have given laminated cards to customers to put in their windows saying that ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ has visited the premises to deter unwanted callers.’
    cover, overlay, coat, surface, face
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    1. 1.1Manufacture (something) by bonding layers of material together.
      ‘I am sanding down oak boards that I laminated together for a bar top’
      • ‘For flooring, narrow strips of bamboo are laminated together to form planks, which can be glued or nailed to a subfloor.’
      • ‘Vanceva [R] is the only laminated safety glass available in over 1000 colours.’
      • ‘The panes are laminated glass, which resist shattering if struck by a falling branch.’
      • ‘Some force had to have been used as most of these glass panes were laminated.’
      • ‘To combat the extreme cold of Minnesota winters, four layers of glass were laminated to create a barrier against heat loss and to secure the art collection inside.’
      • ‘Artist Byron Clercx takes pages of books and laminates them together, while several artists, including Berwyn Hung, have immersed books in liquid and encased them in containers.’
      • ‘Thirty inches from the polycarbonate assembly runs a parallel layer of white laminated double glazing.’
      • ‘Coill Tomair is accessed via a front door with stained glass detail, beyond which the wide hall has a laminated maple floor and timber-panelled walls.’
      • ‘To help win the fight, manufacturers are devoting unprecedented resources to research and blast-test a new generation of heat-hardened and chemically laminated glass.’
      • ‘When laminated glass is stressed beyond its breaking point, it will crack and break, but the pieces will remain in place, still attached to the window frame.’
      • ‘The kitchen has fitted wall and floor oak units and laminated timber flooring.’
      • ‘And the stock - it's wood, for gosh sake, and not even laminated wood at that.’
      • ‘Almost all of the wood was laminated Southern pine.’
      • ‘Laminated safety glass frees architects from strict reliance on opaque structural materials.’
      • ‘The panes are laminated glass, which resist shattering if struck by a falling branch.’
      • ‘Laminated glass was chosen for its long life and the protection it affords against ultraviolet rays.’
      • ‘Each of these rooms has laminated wooden flooring.’
      • ‘Large amounts of materials can be laminated together in a short amount of time.’
      • ‘The surfaces are built from slender pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood laminated together, then sanded smooth.’
      • ‘A. You could also use a pre-made laminated countertop, depending on the look you are going for.’
    2. 1.2Beat or roll (metal) into thin plates.
      ‘Two layers of steel are laminated with a thin plastic layer in-between.’
      • ‘In sizes for handguns, rifles and shotguns, the Exomesh fabric has an interlocking construction that combines woven steel cables laminated to high-tenacity nylon.’
      • ‘Roofs are typhoon-proof with laminated panels of zinc and stainless steel, their unique dimensions and forms achieved by computer-aided design.’
      • ‘The No.107 Cable Lock has a braided steel cable with 1/8-inch wide laminated steel 4-pin tumbler lock.’
      • ‘She tapped the aluminium of my canteen, tried to bend the laminated steel of my knife blade, stared and poked at the compass mounted it its perspex bubble in the hilt.’
    3. 1.3Prepare (pastry dough) using a method of repeatedly folding layers of butter between thin layers of dough and rolling it out.
      ‘he set to laminating dough for croissants’
      • ‘It is made by frying croissant dough, then laminating the mixture to make it extra flaky.’
      • ‘You have to get up early - there's dough to laminate, ganache to whisk, and a butter block to make.’
      • ‘Similar to a croissant, the dough is laminated with a butter insert to make layers of flaky goodness.’
      • ‘A major fixture of my childhood vacations in Brittany, this involves a bread dough that's laminated with salted butter and sugar.’
      • ‘He uses a proprietary process to laminate 3 layers of different dough to get a noodle that's slippery on the outside, yet firm on the inside.’
      • ‘Butter is laminated between layers of dough and both must have the same consistency.’
      • ‘A recent addition are the weekends-only palmiers, made with 50 percent whole-wheat dough laminated in-house.’
      • ‘If you were making real puff pastry, you'd be laminating a sheet of butter between sheets of dough.’
      • ‘Before laminating the pastry, remove the extra butter from the refrigerator.’
      • ‘We laminate the pastry daily for the cinnamon rolls and pain au chocolat.’


  • A laminated structure or material, especially one made of layers fixed together to form a hard, flat, or flexible material.

    ‘the blade is suitable for cutting plastics or laminates’
    • ‘a sheet of laminate’
    • ‘The system is capable of heating through wood, laminates or other materials.’
    • ‘It does not color well, so is used for moldings for electrical parts and as a backing material for laminates, where it is usually colored black.’
    • ‘Architects who are concerned with the look of the roof, he says, usually eschew laminates in favor of materials such as metal or slate for their high-end projects.’
    • ‘Then you need to paint over the laminate with paint primer.’
    • ‘The material is a laminate and the shape nicely tapers from a slender top down to a wider bottom.’
    • ‘The hull is constructed of a solid laminate of fiberglass and resin with no core materials.’
    • ‘For the past several years, Shaw has created works using holographic laminate, a two-dimensional material that can produce three-dimensional effects.’
    • ‘Finishes for custom cabinets run the gamut from clear coats such as polyurethane to paint, plastic laminates and baked-on enamels.’
    • ‘Next, the backing paper of the ink-laden laminate is removed, leaving only a thin layer of adhesive and the inks.’
    • ‘At one time, all steering wheels were wood, usually beautifully-made laminates.’
    • ‘Made from multiple layers of fiberglass, laminates have the appearance of natural materials such as slate or wood shakes.’
    • ‘With a huge range of door styles in solid wood, painted doors and laminates, there is something for every budget.’
    • ‘A balsa wood core is used between fiberglass laminates in both the hull and deck.’
    • ‘The hull of the 440 is soundly built with solid fiberglass laminates and no core materials.’
    • ‘Deck construction includes either balsa wood or plywood sandwiched between fiberglass laminates.’
    • ‘Artificial materials, such as laminate and plastics, are more suitable for newer houses and do not combine well with plasterwork and carved fireplaces.’
    • ‘The resistance to abrasion is one of many factors to determine the quality of a laminate flooring.’
    • ‘This group subjects laminate flooring materials to a comprehensive series of tests for resistance to impact, stains, heat, fading and more.’
    • ‘New anchor systems; cheaper, thinner laminates; and novel blast-resistant curtain walls will soon make their way to the commercial market, say industry sources.’
    • ‘Glass washbasins, metal laminates, wall panels and partitions are put up here.’


  • In the form of a lamina or laminae.

    ‘The cells lack a sheath and are uni-nucleate with a conspicuous single laminate parietal chloroplast that encircles less than half of the cell.’
    • ‘As with many conventional laminate substrates, the die is wire bonded to the tape and encapsulated with a moulding compound.’
    • ‘A group of 18 daily exposed workers in a semiconductor copper laminate circuit board manufacturing plant participated.’


Mid 17th century from lamina+ -ate.