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When used as a noun, laminate refers to a substance constructed from multiple individual layers. The layers in a laminate are usually held together by an adhesive. Multiple layers are used to increase strength, thickness, and to provide surface protection. Examples of laminates are Plywood and Formica®.

Synonyms and Related Terms

laminé (Fr.); stratifié (Fr.); laminado (Port.); laminates (pl.); laminant (sp); lamination (process); laminating;

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997

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