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spandex

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noun span·dex \ˈspan-ˌdeks\

Simple Definition of spandex

  • : a material that stretches easily and is used especially to make sports clothing; also : clothing made of this material

Full Definition of spandex

  1. :  any of various elastic textile fibers made chiefly of polyurethane; also :  clothing made of this material

Origin of spandex

anagram of expands


First Known Use: 1959


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