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Definition of polyethylene

: a polymer of ethylene especially : any of various partially crystalline lightweight thermoplastics (CH2CH2)x that are resistant to chemicals and moisture, have good insulating properties, and are used especially in packaging and insulation

Examples of polyethylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parents can splurge on a $949 polyethylene spiral slide with a center pipe that attaches to a play set, but there are less expensive options. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 His company, too, sources a raw material for its products — high performance polyethylene — from China. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "After deadly border clash, India faces uncomfortable truths about its reliance on China," 26 June 2020 The team used plastic typically found in polyethylene bags and packaging, created numerous design options, then solicited feedback from eight Ohio hospitals. cleveland, "Cleveland cleans up after George Floyd protests turn riotous: The Wake Up for Monday, June 1, 2020," 1 June 2020 The technological advancement that’s going to open muzzleloader hunting up to a whole wave of new people is a polyethylene capsule that’s filled with black powder. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Federal’s FireStick Will Be a Game Changer in the Muzzleloader Hunting World," 2 June 2020 AquaRest Spas Elite 600 6-person Hot Tub Give your patio a sleek, modern look with this polyethylene hot tub from AquaRest Spas. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Hot Tubs Will Transform Your Backyard Into a Resort Getaway," 1 June 2020 The manufacturers had to retool and repurpose their facilities to create the polyethylene gowns. cleveland, "Weekend protests prompt Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to call in National Guard: Capitol Letter," 1 June 2020 There has been an oversupply of polyethylene, the product the Ohio plant would make. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Market headwinds buffet Appalachia’s future as a center for petrochemicals," 21 Mar. 2020 The manufacturer is running operations around the clock at all of its facilities to fulfill orders for flip-top closures and plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, spokeswoman Amy Waterman said. Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg.com, "Hand Sanitizer Will Be Hard to Find for a Long Time," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of polyethylene

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyethylene was in 1862

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1 Jul 2020

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“Polyethylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyethylene. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of polyethylene

US : a light and strong plastic that is used mainly in sheets for packaging


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Medical Definition of polyethylene

: a polymer of ethylene especially : any of various lightweight thermoplastics (CH2CH2)x that are resistant to chemicals and moisture and are used especially in packaging, insulation, surgical implants, prostheses, and tubing

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