- soft and pliable when heated, as some plastics, without any change of the inherent properties.
- a plastic of this type.
Origin of thermoplastic
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- (of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) becoming soft when heated and rehardening on cooling without appreciable change of propertiesCompare thermosetting
- a synthetic plastic or resin, such as polystyrene, with these properties
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Word Origin and History for thermoplasticity
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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