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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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to The Zip Backpack in five colors, small and large toiletry bags and a passport holder, the Holiday Collection features the brand’s polycarbonate luggage in new high shiny and matte finishes. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Best new products from Away, Beats, June and more," 23 Nov. 2020 The polycarbonate granules used to be sold mostly to China, where the United States sent the bulk of its recycling until 2018 before China restricted imports of mixed paper and most plastic. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "The Uneasy Afterlife of Our Dazzling Trash," 7 Nov. 2020 The bottom cover, meanwhile, is made of a polycarbonate resin that isn’t quite as premium but still has a soft feel that doesn’t come off as cheap. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Goldilocks and the three SKUs," 7 Nov. 2020 For starters, the Brandless™ Carry-On Luggage has durable wheels, a lightweight polycarbonate shell, and reinforced corners to protect from damage. Popular Science, "You can still save big on luggage before you travel again," 13 Oct. 2020 The board also agreed to buy 100 SafeCheck Mini Body Temperature Detectors ($54,000), 2,800 polycarbonate barriers ($337,000) and 50,000 clear face shields ($51,000). Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Oct. 18," 18 Oct. 2020 Finally, a note on polycarbonate vs. ABS outer shells. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Their ArmourSight polarized lenses are crafted to reduce image distortion at the edges and are crafted to be up to ten times stronger than traditional polycarbonate. Popular Science, "Stylish sunglasses for active people," 31 Aug. 2020 The phone won’t feature a metal and glass design all around, instead getting a metal frame with a polycarbonate backside. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Budget and performance harmonize with the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of polycarbonate

1930, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

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“Polycarbonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polycarbonate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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