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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Plus a neoprene lining will keep you comfortable and warm. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Boots for Stomping Through Mud," 29 Mar. 2019 The Scuba shorts and tights are made of the same lightweight neoprene that 2XU uses in its wetsuits — but have a fitnes-fashion focus. Kavita Daswani,, "Champion opens its first U.S. stand-alone store in L.A., the Yeezy X 2XU collaboration drops May 5," 3 May 2018 In 1991, Nike introduced the Huarache, a shoe that came with a revolutionary new proposition: a neoprene lining for an extra snug fit. Jake Woolf, GQ, "The Nike Air Max 93 Is Back, and it Still Looks Brand New," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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