poly·​car·​bon·​ate ˌpä-lē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce polycarbonate (audio)
: any of various tough transparent thermoplastics characterized by high impact strength and high softening temperature

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The lightweight design paired with a durable polycarbonate shell makes for a piece of luggage that’s built to last, and this spacious bag also contains web straps to keep your clothes folded and neat — even during turbulence. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2023 In-mold helmets have a polycarbonate shell and are typically lighter in weight. Chris Meehan, Popular Mechanics, 27 Feb. 2023 Simple Installation The Nomad case is very thin, a two-piece shell with Horween leather over a polycarbonate frame and a protective microfiber lining. Brad Moon, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2023 Made with a polycarbonate frame that's durable yet lightweight, these glasses have lenses with an anti-scratch coating, making these the perfect specs to toss in your purse or backpack on-the-go. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 What to Consider: The color palette runs a little more muted and the lenses are mostly polycarbonate rather than glass or metal. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 Built from a tough polycarbonate, the Compensator should last many seasons, regardless of the rigors. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 7 Feb. 2023 OnePlus will start off on a good foot by attempting to minimize these issues with, similar to some Keychron keyboards, a double-gasket mount that sandwiches the polycarbonate plate with 10 gaskets. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2023 It is made from 100% polycarbonate and features a top handle, a retractable carry handle and four wheels. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


poly- + carbonate entry 1

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polycarbonate was in 1930

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“Polycarbonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polycarbonate. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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