Definition of thermoplastic in English:


Syllabification: ther·mo·plas·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌTHərməˈplastik


  • Denoting substances (especially synthetic resins) that become plastic on heating and harden on cooling and are able to repeat these processes. Often contrasted with thermosetting.
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    • It is a thermoplastic material which gets softer with heating and hardens when cooled.
    • Hot-bar and impulse welding processes are commonly used in the packaging industry to seal plastic bags and join thermoplastic films of 0.5 mm or less.
    • ‘Think of it as thermoplastic rubber that is recyclable and processes like plastic,’ he says.


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  • A thermoplastic substance.
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    • There are three classes of polymers - thermoplastics, thermosets, and elastomers.
    • Other scientists made various plaster derivatives, artificial silks, and thermoplastics.
    • Many of these are used as thermoplastics that are shaped and processed by means of injection molding and extrusion.

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