plex·​i·​glass | \ ˈplek-si-ˌglas How to pronounce plexiglass (audio) \

Definition of plexiglass

: a transparent acrylic plastic often used in place of glass

Examples of plexiglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After patrons arrive, employees behind plexiglass shields scan a bar code from either a paper ticket or mobile phone. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "At Baltimore’s Senator Theatre, less people and more space define going to the movies during the coronavirus era," 10 Sep. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and World Health Organization all recommend plexiglass shields whenever maintaining 6 feet of physical distance isn’t possible. Janelle Bitker,, "Your personal safety checklist for Bay Area outdoor dining during coronavirus," 3 Sep. 2020 Those measures include plexiglass shields, physical markers indicating the appropriate amount of space to maintain social distancing and disposable food trays and utensils in the cafeteria, among others. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Here’s what parents need to know as Garland ISD starts in-person learning next week," 3 Sep. 2020 The barriers — which the TSA says are more effective than countertop plexiglass shields — are being used in addition to masks, gloves, and routine disinfecting. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "TSA Agents May Be Standing Behind Acrylic Barriers the Next Time You’re at the Airport," 1 Sep. 2020 On the balmy New Orleans campus, Tulane students walk single file on separated paths, sit one or two seats apart, and shout answers to professors behind the nearly soundproof plexiglass shields. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Forget the 2020 election. Let's talk 2024," 29 Aug. 2020 As a result, The Wall Street Journal reported last week, building managers and interior architects are thinking beyond obvious safety measures like plexiglass shields and social distancing circles stuck on the floor. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Meet the secret weapon for fighting the pandemic: Interior architects," 28 Aug. 2020 There are funds available to help county election officials obtain things like plexiglass shields or providing free [optional] masks for voters who did not bring one. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Masks not required to vote in Alabama, Merrill says," 16 Aug. 2020 For karaoke night, the staff spaced the tables, checked temperatures at the door, even put up plexiglass barriers near the singers. Anchorage Daily News, "Potentially deadly mix: How bars are fueling coronavirus outbreaks," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of plexiglass

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plexiglass

alteration of Plexiglas

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The first known use of plexiglass was in 1935

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14 Sep 2020

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“Plexiglass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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