poly·​car·​bon·​ate | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce polycarbonate (audio) , -nət\

Definition of polycarbonate

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

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Made with premium Nappa leather and impact-resistant polycarbonate, this case will protect your precious pair of AirPods securely and in style, as well as keep your hands preoccupied. Popular Mechanics, "This AirPods Case Is Also a Fidget Spinner," 11 Apr. 2019 Panels of polycarbonate, acrylic and fiberglass are resilient, good insulators and have excellent light transmission, although fiberglass can discolor over time. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 It's made with a polycarbonate outer shell that's tough enough to handle those kinds of tumbles. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The New Casper Glow Is a Light Designed to Help You Fall Asleep," 29 Jan. 2019 But glass is heavy, fragile and expensive, so most DIY greenhouses are glazed with polycarbonate, acrylic, fiberglass, or polyethylene sheeting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 The roof is one big skylight, made of a polycarbonate material. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Off-The-Grid Weekends Are Easy at This Author's Tiny "Glass House"," 4 Aug. 2015 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

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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