thermoplastic

adjective
ther·​mo·​plas·​tic | \ˌthər-mə-ˈpla-stik \

Definition of thermoplastic 

: capable of softening or fusing when heated and of hardening again when cooled thermoplastic synthetic resins — compare thermosetting

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Other Words from thermoplastic

thermoplastic noun
thermoplasticity \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˌpla-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē \ noun

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The rainbow crosswalks were created by laying and adhering individual multicolored, thermoplastic panels along the road, city officials told the AJC in 2017. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Subcontractor to reimburse city for tearing up rainbow crosswalk section," 13 May 2018 Boost, the Levitate eschews the traditional ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam in favor of springier polyurethane (PU), which is encased in a thin of layer of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to prevent it from compressing and losing its cushioning. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Do New "Energy Return" Shoes Put Pep in Your Step?," 18 Apr. 2018 Hildreth dons a harness around his waist, equipped with a thermoplastic brace for back support. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "The curious care and feeding of Olaf the snowman in Broadway's 'Frozen'," 15 Mar. 2018 The machine is a melt on demand molding table top model for thermoplastic materials. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead High School acquires Mold Man Machine for DEMC," 8 Jan. 2018 The case itself is a flexible piece of thermoplastic polyurethane that absorbs the shock of minor drops and protects the back of your iPhone 8 from scratching. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "7 great cases that will work with the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus," 25 Sep. 2017 Most of Dubai's approximately 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with thermoplastic cores, UAE media have reported. Reuters, Fortune, "Another Fire Rips Though One of the World’s Tallest Residential Towers in Dubai," 5 Aug. 2017 Most of Dubai's approximately 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with thermoplastic cores, UAE media have reported. Author: William Maclean, Alaska Dispatch News, "Blaze rises through Dubai residential skyscraper for second time," 4 Aug. 2017 Orvis also secured a thermoplastic resin that allows its rodmakers to cook the rods at a much higher temperature than before, thanks to an anonymous executive at a defense contractor who happened to have a weakness for fly fishing. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "Will the Orvis H3 Be the One Fly Rod to Rule Them All?," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of thermoplastic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thermoplastic was in 1883

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thermoplastic

adjective
ther·​mo·​plas·​tic | \ˌthər-mə-ˈplas-tik \

Medical Definition of thermoplastic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of softening or fusing when heated and of hardening again when cooled thermoplastic synthetic resins

Other Words from thermoplastic

thermoplasticity \ -​ˌplas-​ˈtis-​ət-​ē \ noun plural thermoplasticities

thermoplastic

noun

Medical Definition of thermoplastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thermoplastic material

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