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vinyl (n.)

in modern use, in reference to a plastic or synthetic resin, 1939, short for polyvinyl; not in widespread use until late 1950s. Slang meaning "phonograph record" (1976) replaced wax (n.) in that sense. In chemistry, vinyl was used from 1851 as the name of a univalent radical derived from ethylene, from Latin vinum "wine" (see wine (n.)), because ethyl alcohol is the ordinary alcohol present in wine.

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Definitions of vinyl from WordNet

vinyl (n.)
a univalent chemical radical derived from ethylene;
Synonyms: vinyl group / vinyl radical
vinyl (n.)
shiny and tough and flexible plastic; used especially for floor coverings;
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