fluo·​ro·​car·​bon ˌflu̇r-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce fluorocarbon (audio) ˌflȯr- How to pronounce fluorocarbon (audio)
: any of various chemically inert compounds containing carbon and fluorine used chiefly as lubricants, refrigerants, nonstick coatings, and formerly aerosol propellants and in making resins and plastics

Examples of fluorocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a growing legion of pickerel anglers prefer tough, fluorocarbon leaders testing 15 to 20 pounds. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 Consider fluorocarbon for clear bodies of water and finesse presentations of plastics like craws or lizards. Rob McDonald, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 However, a short section of fluorocarbon tippet at the end of the leader can help sink a fly just below the surface when fishing emerger or cripple patterns. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 The use of fluorocarbon shock leader can be critical and necessary when fishing in gin clear water conditions where finicky, shy fish can see your line. Alberto Knie, Field & Stream, 22 June 2023 Ideal conventional tackle is medium-light spinning or casting rods, matching reels with quality 15-pound test braid and/or fusion lines and a 2-foot leader of 20-pound fluorocarbon or monofilament to try to prevent cutoffs from the toothy pickerel. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 21 Nov. 2021 This rig works best on spinning gear, using a braided mainline and a fluorocarbon leader. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 25 May 2023 Learn more › Monofilament and fluorocarbon line look identical side by side. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 8 June 2023 By hooking a shiner through the back and using a long-shank hook and 15-pound fluorocarbon, I rarely get cut off by pickerel. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fluorocarbon was in 1937

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“Fluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorocarbon. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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: any of various compounds of carbon and fluorine used chiefly as lubricants, refrigerants, and nonstick coatings and in making plastics and formerly as the driving force in aerosol cans

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