ole·​fin | \ ˈō-lə-fən How to pronounce olefin (audio) \

Definition of olefin

1 : alkene
2 : a synthetic fiber (such as polypropylene) derived from an alkene

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Other Words from olefin

olefinic \ ˌō-​lə-​ˈfi-​nik How to pronounce olefinic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of olefin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue olefin cushions are UV-treated and water- and mildew-resistant. Kathy Passero, al, "Ready for Memorial Day? From pools to picnics, 10 great items to help you celebrate the unofficial start of summer," 15 May 2020 The complex’s chemical plant has shut, including its olefins unit -- which takes feedstocks such as naphtha, butane, propane and ethane from the oil refinery and converts them into ethylene and propylene that are used to make plastics. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "How Exxon’s refinery fire in Baton Rouge could depress global oil demand," 12 Feb. 2020 However a glut of new olefin capacity across the industry decreased sale prices and margins, Westlake said, and its olefins income fell by 42 percent. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Lower chemical prices hurt Westlake's profits," 6 Aug. 2019 On its olefins segment, higher sales of polyethylene, lower feedstock costs and lower impacts from maintenance activity help to partially offset the blow of lower product pricing for sales of common types of plastic, Westlake said. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Lower chemical prices hurt Westlake's profits," 6 Aug. 2019 The Houston alkylation unit upgrades isobutane and refinery olefins into high value alkylate product, Valero said. Houston Chronicle, "Profits plummet at Valero Energy amid lower refining, ethanol earnings," 25 July 2019 Wu said the joint venture has secured long-term purchase contracts from Chinese companies that convert methanol into olefins. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Meet the Chinese businessman behind the $1.8B plan to make methanol in Washington state," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of olefin

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for olefin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French (gaz) oléfiant ethylene, from Latin oleum

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The first known use of olefin was in 1860

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“Olefin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olefin. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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ole·​fin | \ ˈō-lə-fən How to pronounce olefin (audio) \

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Other Words from olefin

olefinic \ ˌō-​lə-​ˈfin-​ik How to pronounce olefinic (audio) \ adjective

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