poly·​car·​bon·​ate | \ˌpä-lē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət\

Definition of polycarbonate 

: any of various tough transparent thermoplastics characterized by high impact strength and high softening temperature

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Based on the idea of an African boma, or hut, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst designed a pavillion with polycarbonate panels and a rigging system adapted from sailboats that raises and lowers the windows for varying weather conditions. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Wealthy Homeowners Find a Luxurious Way to Shelter Outdoors," 1 Aug. 2018 Most headlight lenses are made of polycarbonate plastic. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 The limited-edition designs feature a transparent polycarbonate cabin case that comes in both black and white. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "RIMOWA and Aesop Just Launched an Incredible New Travel Kit," 18 Oct. 2018 Large windows and translucent polycarbonate wall panels bring in plenty of light. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home," 9 Aug. 2018 BearVault offers canisters with four-day ($70) and seven-day ($80) capacity in impact-resistant polycarbonate. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well When You're Camping," 26 June 2018 Designed by local firm Werkplaats Grof (which also devised the polycarbonate walls on the ground floor and the house’s kitchen), the box includes two cubbies for sleeping, one at grade and the other on a mezzanine level. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 Cabin on the Border is constructed from laminated wood and polycarbonate and is powered by solar panels on the roof and features a rain catchment system—making this prefab cabin completely off-grid. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Tiny prefab cabin makes indoor-outdoor living a breeze," 14 May 2018 The masks, made of polycarbonate plastic, are rounder than human masks to fit snugly around an animal snout. Leah Brennan, Howard County Times, "Howard County pets in crisis could be breathing easier with new air masks," 28 June 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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