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

Examples of polymer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Filtering separated out the polymer and its haul of gold. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New polymer easily captures gold extracted from e-waste," 28 June 2020 As their electrons kick off, the silica and oxygen molecules become very reactive and attach to the polymer surface. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat Glass Shortages," 26 June 2020 Since the goal here is speed, not range, the energy source is a tiny 1.6-kWh lithium-polymer battery. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Watch This Crazy One-Wheeler Move, Spinning Wildly toward 70+ MPH," 21 June 2020 The polymer grip has a good feel and gives you full control. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Truck Gun Build (Plus 14 More Guns for Your Pickup)," 5 June 2020 According to North Ridgeville Street Superintendent Jon Montgomery, the product sinks into the surface and seals it with a polymer-type material to protect the roads from the elements. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville begins summer road repairs," 1 June 2020 Kids can learn about polymers, elasticity, and get ideas for their own science projects from this channel. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "21 Activities to Stream That’ll Keep Your Kids (and You) Occupied," 11 Apr. 2020 Those wires are typically metal alloys coated in polymers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "‘Robotic Worm’ Could Be the Future of Stroke Care," 30 Aug. 2019 Discovered in 1965 by a DuPont scientist named Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar is made of ultra-strong plastic polymers tightly woven into a flexible fabric. Kenneth R. Rosen, Wired, "The Illusion of Perfect Protection," 6 Apr. 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of polymer was in 1866

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5 Jul 2020

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“Polymer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymer. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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polymer

noun
How to pronounce polymer (audio)

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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