Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Types of paint and substances in paint

acetone

noun

a liquid used in some types of paint and varnish to prevent them from becoming too thick

chrome yellow

noun

a bright yellow pigment (=a substance added to something to give it colour)

eggshell

noun

a type of paint that is slightly shiny

emulsion

noun

a type of paint that produces a surface that is not shiny. Paint that produces a shiny surface is called gloss paint.

enamel

noun

a type of paint used for making a hard shiny surface

oil

noun

a type of paint that contains oil

poster paint

noun

a type of paint that is used especially by children for painting pictures

thinner

noun

a liquid used for making paint less thick

watercolour

noun

a type of paint that is mixed with water for painting pictures

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog