neo·​prene | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn \

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 first number is the thickness, in millimeters, of neoprene covering your core; the second is the thickness covering your extremities. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How To Start Surfing," 27 June 2018 And with every experiment in Gore-Tex and neoprene since, they’ve become emboldened to incorporate survivalist accents into their collections. Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "How Athleisure Evolved Into Fashion's Obsession With All Things Outdoors," 20 Nov. 2018 And bringing the trend poolside, Chromat complemented its sporty neoprene swimwear with periwinkle nails hole-punched with silver rings and see-through bead charms for an athleisure slant. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Beauty Moments That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 10 Sep. 2018 The fixes were black rings that loop around the animals’ midsections like life preservers and are made of neoprene, which provides buoyancy, is soft on a sea dragon and can withstand saltwater. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 2018 Roll out longs pads of carpet or neoprene, called runners, through main hallways and in rooms that'll receive the most traffic during the move. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 Tanzie Adler This Australian fashion designer’s two-year-old eponymous boutique sells cheeky, playful statement pieces, like neoprene sweatshirts printed with cats and gauzy button down shirts embroidered with cherries. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "Five Places to Shop in Melbourne," 5 July 2018 Cruelty-free brand Stella McCartney’s black Eclypse sneaker is constructed from alternative calf, alternative micro suede and neoprene and features a rubber sole made from renewable sources. Sari Anne Tuschman,, "Summer style: Designer sneakers continue to be a major status symbol for the fashion-minded shopper," 21 June 2018 Chloroprene is needed to make neoprene, which is often used in chemical and weather-resistant products like wet suits and orthopedic braces. Littice Bacon-blood,, "St. John school officials call for LaPlace neoprene plant to reduce emissions," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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