vul·​ca·​ni·​za·​tion ˌvəl-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce vulcanization (audio)
: the process of treating crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material chemically to give it useful properties (such as elasticity, strength, and stability)

Examples of vulcanization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That liquid will harden and undergo vulcanization. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2020 The mold is sealed, and the latex inside is expanded to completely fill the entire mold before being placed into a vulcanization oven, washed and dried. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 These include the concept of zero, the vulcanization of rubber, a sophisticated language and writing system, and advanced knowledge of astronomy, architecture, art and medicine. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2022 The name Charles Goodyear is synonymous with vulcanization — the hardening of rubber. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022 The two-part carcass mold covers the winding layer and goes through its own vulcanization run of 150 to 160 degrees Celsius for about eight minutes. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 10 Nov. 2022 The Aztecs knew this scrubby desert plant was a source of natural latex, but since the discovery of vulcanization in 1839, rubber production has been primarily centered around the more tropical rubber tree (hevea). Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 9 Oct. 2022 It is made using a vulcanization process in which Super-LumiNova is melted directly inside the rubber inlay of the strap so that it is blended directly into the material. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2022 Dunlop latex: Liquid latex is poured into a mold until full and placed into a vulcanization oven before being washed and dried at a high temperature. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vulcanization was in 1846

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“Vulcanization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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