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Bakelite

[bey-kuh-lahyt, beyk-lahyt]
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  1. a brand name for any of a series of thermosetting plastics prepared by heating phenol or cresol with formaldehyde and ammonia under pressure: used for radio cabinets, telephone receivers, electric insulators, and molded plastic ware.
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Examples from the Web for bakelite

Historical Examples

  • This second dial was no more than a thin disk of hard rubber or bakelite, with a red scratch-mark on one side.

    The Infra-Medians

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • This is a name the Australians coined for synthetic resin made from phenol and formaldehyde like bakelite.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Pipestems and beads of bakelite have the clear brilliancy of amber and greater strength.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Bakelite, however, is only one of an indefinite number of such condensation products.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • A phenolic condensation product closely related to bakelite and redmanol is condensite, the invention of Jonas Walter Aylesworth.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson


British Dictionary definitions for bakelite

Bakelite

noun
  1. trademark any one of a class of thermosetting resins used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware, telephone receivers, etc

Word Origin

C20: named after L. H. Baekeland (1863–1944), Belgian-born US inventor; see -ite 1
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Word Origin and History for bakelite

n.

type of plastic widely used early 20c., 1909, from German Bakelit, named for Belgian-born U.S. physicist Leo Baekeland (1863-1944), who invented it. Originally a proprietary name, it is formed by the condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde.

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