polymer

noun
poly·​mer | \ˈpä-lə-mər \

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 \ adjective
polymerism \pə-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌri-​zəm, ˈpä-​lə-​mə-​ \ noun
polymerlike \ˈpä-​lə-​mər-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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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 Start with a clean gold surface and grow a layer of polymer on it. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 For those unfamiliar, tube mascara involves a formula that uses a type of polymer to create a physical coating around the lash, physically lengthening and thickening each strand. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Is the Only True Non-Smudging Mascara I’ve Ever Tried," 27 Aug. 2018 Breathable Nail Enamel in Light Mocha This nail polish was formulated with a special polymer that allows for breathability. Marci Robin, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Is Giving Everyone a Discount on Her Inglot Makeup Collection to Celebrate Her Birthday," 21 July 2018 Zentangle Necklace Workshop: Make a necklace using the Zentangle technique to create striking patterns on polymer beads. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 29 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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