Definition of rosin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈräzən/ /ˈrɑzən/

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  • 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.

    ‘they will also supply crushed colophony rosin’
    • ‘liquid rosin flux’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hair must be tensioned and be rubbed with rosin or a similar compound to grip the string.’
    • ‘He began to put away his cello, wiping large deposits of white powdery rosin from the strings and bow with a silky cloth.’

transitive verbrosins, rosining, rosined

[with object]
  • Rub (something, especially a violin bow or string) with rosin.

    • ‘island musicians are rosining their bows’


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