syntactic foam


Definition of syntactic foam

: a plastic in which preformed cells (such as tiny hollow glass spheres) have been incorporated, which can withstand great pressures (as at ocean depths), and which floats

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First Known Use of syntactic foam

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syntactic foam

syntactic from Greek syntaktikos putting together

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“Syntactic foam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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