polypropylene

noun
poly·​pro·​pyl·​ene | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈprō-pə-ˌlēn How to pronounce polypropylene (audio) \

Definition of polypropylene

: any of various thermoplastic plastics or fibers that are polymers of propylene

Examples of polypropylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 100% polypropylene flat-weave material is easy to clean with a garden hose. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 Two Italian researchers working in the 1960s discovered a way to spin polypropylene into yarn. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 While still remaining affordable, this cover comes with three layers polypropylene, one layer of waterproof polyethylene film, and one layer of UV protection. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 Most window planters are made of high-density polypropylene, wood, or metal—and sometimes ceramic or clay—and they're generally made to sit on the window sill. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2022 Murray's research indicates that as well as being biodegradable, human hair is often just as effective as polypropylene, and in some circumstances even better. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 19 May 2022 Made from durable polypropylene, the reusable packing bags are puncture-resistant and strong enough to withstand the inevitable wear-and-tears of travel. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 The thick shag pile is made from polypropylene for easy cleaning and long-lasting durability. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2022 Consumers should immediately stop using the ice makers, empty the ice bucket and contact Electrolux to schedule a technician to replace the ice maker with one that has a polypropylene ice level detector, free of charge. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of polypropylene

1935, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Polypropylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polypropylene. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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