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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PUBLISHED June 13, 2018 Born from the powerful petrochemical fusion of monomers into polymers, plastic is one of the most ubiquitous and useful materials man has ever made. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 2018 Chanel just launched Le Révolution Volume de Chanel Mascara, made with waxes, polymers, and vitamins that promise to coat lashes in long-lasting, intense thickness and nourishment. Marci Robin, Allure, "Chanel’s New Le Révolution Volume Mascara Has the First-Ever 3D-Printed Wand," 10 June 2018 Ionic Materials is replacing the liquid electrolyte with an ionically-conductive polymer, or plastic, that's also a fire retardant material. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Batteries Still Suck, But Researchers Are Working on It," 22 May 2018 But plane tires are incredibly strong thanks to cords of nylon, or a synthetic polymer called aramid, that are embedded below the tread. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airplane Tires Almost Never Have a Blowout," 22 Aug. 2016 Lenovo Battery: All lithium polymer: 3-cell, 52Whr for the 15-inch version; 4-cell, 76Whr for the 17-inch version. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Lenovo Legion Y730 gaming laptop has overclocking and RGB lighting to spare," 11 June 2018 In its usual format, doubles teams use wood or polymer paddles to hit a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 This confirmed that the bottom coating was almost all polymer, presumably because it's used to bond a material to the surface. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Their goal was to break down the polymers in PET plastic into their basic ingredient of monomers without using heat or pressure. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 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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