laminate

To laminate is to make something, especially paper, stronger and thicker by layering sheets of clear plastic over it. You might want to laminate your flimsy library card to protect it.

Today all states laminate drivers' licenses, making them a sturdy plastic card rather than the insubstantial piece of paper they used to be. You might decide to laminate a poster for a school presentation you're giving, or laminate some old photos to protect them. Most methods used to laminate involve heat and some type of sticky or adhesive substance. The Latin root is lamina, "thin slice, leaf, or layer."

Definitions of laminate
  1. verb
    cover with a thin sheet of non-fabric material
    laminate the table”
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    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  2. verb
    create laminate by bonding sheets of material with a bonding material
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  3. verb
    press or beat (metals) into thin sheets
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    type of:
    flatten
    make flat or flatter
  4. verb
    split (wood) into thin sheets
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    type of:
    cleave, rive, split
    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
  5. noun
    a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
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    types:
    plastic laminate
    a laminate made by bonding plastic layers
    plyboard, plywood
    a laminate made of thin layers of wood
    Formica
    any of various plastic laminates containing melamine
    type of:
    lamination
    a layered structure
    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
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