Definition of thermoplastic in English:

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thermoplastic

Pronunciation: /θəːməʊˈplastɪk/
Chemistry

adjective

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

noun

(usually thermoplastics)
A thermoplastic substance.
Example sentences
  • 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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