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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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 At the same time, there are the custom sheets of very modern translucent polycarbonate and aluminum handrails milled like Ferraris. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 But more than anything else, we were sold on the Lexicon’s puncture-resistant zippers and polycarbonate construction. Outside Online, "The Best Luggage of 2018," 15 May 2018 For those who value their belongings (and who doesn’t?), the 100 percent polycarbonate shell is virtually indestructible. Outside Online, "The Best Luggage of 2018," 15 May 2018 The window also opens upward to create a polycarbonate canopy, establishing an indoor-outdoor living room. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Tiny prefab cabin makes indoor-outdoor living a breeze," 14 May 2018 When buying a feeder, be sure to pick a model made of metal or high-quality polycarbonate so that squirrels can’t chew through it. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Ways To Keep Squirrels Away From Your Bird Feeders," 20 June 2017

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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