neo·​prene | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn How to pronounce neoprene (audio) \

Definition of neoprene

: a synthetic rubber made by the polymerization of chloroprene, characterized by superior resistance (as to oils), and used especially for special-purpose clothing (such as gloves and wet suits)

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The invention of the modern neoprene wet suit in the early 1950s is widely credited to Jack O’Neill, a surfer then living in San Francisco. Gregory Thomas,, "After fire, divers worry that burst of regulations will restrain free-spirited sport," 10 Sep. 2019 The dry office air-conditioning has dehydrated cuticles, slowing growth, and despite attempting to cover them with the season’s brightest shades of neoprene pink and acid orange, chipping is inevitable—evidence that a problem may lie beneath. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Grow Out Your Nails in 2 Weeks or Less," 17 Aug. 2019 The dying process uses 86% less water than dying neoprene. Los Angeles Times, "A plant-based running shoe? Outdoor gear that’s kind to the planet," 8 Aug. 2019 Among them are Dagne Dover's neoprene Ace Fanny Pack, available in six colors with an adjustable strap (36 inches fully extended), easy-to-clean nylon lining, a front zipper pocket, and more pockets for stashing keys, cards, and cash. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tips and Treats for Stress-Free Travel With Pets," 27 July 2019 Versatile and roomy, the tote is crafted with perforated neoprene and durable water-resistant fabric. Jean Chen Smith,, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 Scent-free rubber and insulating neoprene will keep you outside without the hunted knowing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Boots for Stomping Through Mud," 29 Mar. 2019 Furthermore, there are only three main materials used in the design: aluminum, vinyl and neoprene (a synthetic rubber). Catherine Anderson, Scientific American, "5 of the Best-Designed Products Ever—and What Made Them Great," 10 Mar. 2017 Plus a neoprene lining will keep you comfortable and warm. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Boots for Stomping Through Mud," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of neoprene

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoprene

neo- + -prene (in chloroprene, isoprene)

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