poly·​vi·​nyl ˌpä-lē-ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce polyvinyl (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a polymerized vinyl compound, resin, or plastic
often used in combination

Examples of polyvinyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most quality towels are made from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or microfiber, says Balicki. Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 4 Aug. 2023 The kit includes a tiered shelving unit; a polyvinyl (PVC) covering, which is thicker and more waterproof than the polythene coverings often found in other kits, and a durable steel frame to help keep the unit upright during unfavorable weather conditions. Rachel Center, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2023 Below, Yoo takes us through her entrepreneurial journey, the ups and downs of working in the sustainability space, and why her company petitioned the EPA to remove polyvinyl alcohol from water. Dale Arden Chong, ELLE, 14 June 2023 Once printing is finished, the shapes are set by adding polyvinyl alcohol to the inky portion of the structure. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, 1 Nov. 2019 Solutions of synthetic polymers, such as polyvinyl acetate, in acetone or ethanol, are used for this purpose. Hans-Dieter Sues, Smithsonian, 3 Sep. 2019 For bare drywall, use a PVA (polyvinyl acetate) paint, seal over stains and hide colors with a high-hiding primer sealer, and for painting bare steel make sure to get paint with anodic zinc protection to inhibit rust. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2019 An article in Advanced Materials summarizing lab findings earlier this year described a blend of polyvinyl alcohol and strong fibers made from the same material as bulletproof vests. Laura Johannes, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2018 Another section is still run by DuPont to make polyvinyl fluoride resins. Ken Otterbourg, Fortune, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyvinyl was in 1927

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“Polyvinyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyvinyl. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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poly·​vi·​nyl -ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce polyvinyl (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a polymerized vinyl compound, resin, or plastic
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