polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

Definition of polymer

: a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

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Other Words from polymer

polymeric \ ˌpä-​lə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce polymeric (audio) \ adjective
polymerism \ pə-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce polymerism (audio) , ˈpä-​lə-​mə-​ How to pronounce polymerism (audio) \ noun
polymerlike \ ˈpä-​lə-​mər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce polymerlike (audio) \ adjective

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The companies have dealt with rising costs for commodities like pulp, which is the material used in tissues and toilet paper, polymer and other raw materials. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Colgate-Palmolive Posts Lower Sales, Sees Weakness Ahead," 26 Oct. 2018 Hydrogen cyanide, when mixed with the likes of hydrogen sulfite, can be baked by UV light into sugars, polymers and phosphates. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "This distant planet is one of the best places to search for alien life," 3 Aug. 2018 Basically, hydrogen atoms from neighboring polymers are weakly attracted to each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 Since that chemistry differs between types of polymer, each type of plastic has a distinctive signature in the infrared. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 The formula is almost balm-line its moisturizing and smoothing properties, with hyaluronic acid, peptides, softening polymers, and emollient oils. Marci Robin, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury Launches Superstar Lips, a Limited-Edition Glossy Lipstick," 6 Oct. 2018 Some polymers can conduct ions, but that usually only works at extremely high temperatures. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The best solution for making batteries safer might be the most boring one," 13 Aug. 2018 The symmetrical polymer handle offers a five-finger grip and balances the knife for comfort in-hand. Outside Online, "The Best Knives and Multitools of 2018," 15 May 2018 Made from ultra-thin, flexible, BPA-free polymers, these glasses are shatterproof, reusable, recyclable, made in the U.S. and perfect for occasions when proper stemware isn’t possible (i.e. travel, poolside). Stephanie Miskew, Fox News, "6 holiday gifts for the wine lover who has everything," 8 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of polymer

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymer

International Scientific Vocabulary, back-formation from polymeric, from Greek polymerēs having many parts, from poly- + meros part — more at merit

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The first known use of polymer was in 1866

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polymer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polymer

chemistry : a chemical compound that is made of small molecules that are arranged in a simple repeating structure to form a larger molecule

polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

Kids Definition of polymer

: a chemical compound that is made of small molecules that are arranged in a simple repeating structure to form a larger molecule

polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce polymer (audio) \

Medical Definition of polymer

: a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

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