polycarbonate

noun
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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Dixon's test consisted only of the framework, not the polycarbonate laminated screen that is meant to have an anti-reflective coating on the screen's interior, anti-fogging device and possible tear-offs. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon tests IndyCar's Aeroscreen prototype in simulator," 2 July 2019 The Away x Flour Shop collection is available in eight new polycarbonate hues, each available in four different sizes. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "This Delicious New Line of Rainbow Suitcases Is Inspired by a Bakery with a Cult Following," 9 Sep. 2019 Bits of polystyrene, polycarbonate and PVC, for instance, were uncovered only in the Arctic samples. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Airborne Plastic Is Blowing All the Way to the Arctic," 14 Aug. 2019 During the last act of the 135-minute show, the rambunctious bikers crisscross the stage, weaving up and around the transparent polycarbonate ramps. Washington Post, "Riding high on BMX bikes in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’," 7 Aug. 2019 Water bottles that can be used repeatedly are most often made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polycarbonate. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Exposed to extreme heat, plastic bottles may ultimately become unsafe," 19 July 2019 The windows will be made from polycarbonate, not glass—for safety, and presumably, economic, considerations. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Here are the types of houses ICE envisions raiding next," 10 July 2019 These glasses are made from recycled polycarbonate, and they're also covered by Sunski's Forever warranty. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Occasion," 5 July 2019 Plus, these lenses are built from polycarbonate, which makes them extra-durable for less-than-gentle little ones. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Crizal Prevencia Lenses," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of polycarbonate

1930, in the meaning defined above

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