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Recent Examples of spandex from the Web
AmberNoon is fashioned from a combination of dry flex, moss, and tencel infused with some spandex.
The socks are a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex.
And the dose of spandex Hian uses in her viscose knits gives her collection an easy-to-wear athleisure vibe sans pantylines.
These come in two main designs—a spandex T-shirt that’s meant to give an animal a balanced hug, and a vest with straps designed to put pressure on particular parts of the body.
The show’s joyful spirit and abundance of spandex belies its intentions.
The pair wore extremely similar outfits, consisting of neutral spandex leggings (Kim's were dark green, while Kylie's were neutral grey), skin-tight tops, and striking gold mirror aviator sunglasses.
The prototype has a breathable spandex skin stretched over a flexible composite material; the inventors have filed for a patent.
Despite denim’s rugged American ancestry, many jeans today are made with stretch — spandex, elastane, or polyester — and marketed as more comfortable than sweatpants.
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Did You Know?
Spandex is a fiber that has had an impact on fashion high and low, casual and formal, outer and under. It's not a trademark, as a number of the names of other fibers are, among them Dacron, Lycra, and Orlon. It's a generic term, coined in 1959 as an anagram of the word expands. Anagrammatic coinages are not common; the only other in our dictionaries that the average person is likely to be familiar with is sideburns. Sideburns is an anagram (and synonym) of burnsides, from Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general in the American Civil War credited with originating the fashion (in the U.S., at least) also known as side-whiskers.
SPANDEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spandex for English Language Learners
: a material that stretches easily and is used especially to make sports clothing; also : clothing made of this material
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