epoxy

1 of 3

noun

ep·​oxy i-ˈpäk-sē How to pronounce epoxy (audio)
plural epoxies
: epoxy resin
Incorporating such ingredients as carbon and aramid fibers, graphite, epoxies and ceramics, these corrosion-resistant composites could replace steel cables and concrete decks, cutting weight by as much as two-thirds.J. Taylor Buckley

epoxy

2 of 3

verb

epoxied or epoxyed; epoxying

transitive verb

: to glue, fill, or coat with epoxy resin

epoxy

3 of 3

adjective

1
: containing oxygen attached to two different atoms already united in some other way
specifically : containing a 3-membered ring consisting of one oxygen and two carbon atoms
2
: of or relating to an epoxide

Examples of epoxy in a Sentence

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Noun
Regarding the build, Dream Catcher’s hull and deck are both made of carbon-fiber epoxy and showcase Nautor’s signature molding construction and Sprint lamination technology. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2024 Don’t forget to let the final layer of sealer or epoxy cure, too. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 For high volume and tough jobs like roofing or any job needing thick polyurethane caulk or epoxies, turn to the Jes High Thrust Caulk Gun. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2024 The team designed the system with both a biomedical epoxy and a synthetic polymer layer, so the device could be extracted and reused. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Mar. 2024 Each finished body is epoxy primed and goes through a 64-step paint process using Glasurit paint. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 Jan. 2024 Those include battery materials for EVs, refrigerants for heat pumps, epoxy, polyurethane, and lubricants for wind turbines, and solvents for semiconductors. Susan Galer, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Kits with epoxy can be found on Amazon for as little as $20, but to achieve a higher-quality result, some people combine the epoxy with traditional urushi. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Some modern forms instead rely on epoxy glue, which dries faster and is easier to master. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024
Verb
The man had a wrench set, batters, earbuds and epoxy putty on him. cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 Nurse 3 said Brown mentioned taking the foot home to epoxy it, among other things, the affidavit states. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 Trump loyalists stick like epoxy to the former chief executive and are seen, rightly or not, as indispensable to the hopes of anyone running under the GOP banner. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 This chunk of wood was attached to a water supply by using a PVC pipe and some epoxy to prevent water from bypassing the wood filter. Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

epi- + oxy

First Known Use

Noun

1954, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1966, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of epoxy was in 1916

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“Epoxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epoxy. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

epoxy

1 of 2 noun
ep·​oxy i-ˈpäk-sē How to pronounce epoxy (audio)
plural epoxies

epoxy

2 of 2 verb
epoxied or epoxyed; epoxying
: to glue, fill, or coat with epoxy resin

Medical Definition

epoxy

adjective
ep·​oxy i-ˈpäk-sē How to pronounce epoxy (audio)
: containing oxygen attached to two different atoms already united in some other way
specifically : containing a 3-membered ring consisting of one oxygen and two carbon atoms

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