thermoplasticity


thermoplasticity

adjective

  1. soft and pliable when heated, as some plastics, without any change of the inherent properties.

noun

  1. a plastic of this type.

adjective

  1. (of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) becoming soft when heated and rehardening on cooling without appreciable change of propertiesCompare thermosetting

noun

  1. a synthetic plastic or resin, such as polystyrene, with these properties

adj.1883, see thermo- + plastic. As a noun from 1929.

  1. Of or relating to a compound that can be repeatedly made soft and hard through heating and cooling. Polyethylene and polystyrene are thermoplastic resins. Compare thermosetting.

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