polyvinyl chloride
noun Date: 1933 a polymer of vinyl chloride used especially for electrical insulation, films, and pipes — abbreviation PVC

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  • Polyvinyl Chloride — (PVC)    A group of synthetic textile fibers that, when woven into cloth, provide performance characteristics mostly used by the fashion industry in rainwear. PVC was first created by Eugen Bauman, a German scientist, in 1872. However, it was not …   Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry

  • polyvinyl chloride — noun a tough chemically resistant synthetic resin made by polymerizing vinyl chloride …   English new terms dictionary

  • polyvinyl chloride — /pɒliˌvaɪnəl ˈklɔraɪd/ (say polee.vuynuhl klawruyd) noun a colourless thermoplastic resin, produced by the polymerisation of vinyl chloride, with good resistance to water, acids, and alkalis, used in a wide variety of manufactured products,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • polyvinyl chloride — n. a tough transparent solid polymer of vinyl chloride, easily coloured and used for a wide variety of products including pipes, flooring, etc. Usage: Abbr.: PVC. * * * noun [noncount] technical : pvc …   Useful english dictionary

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