- to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting strength, greater elasticity, durability, etc.
- to subject (a substance other than rubber) to some analogous process, as to harden it.
Also especially British, vul·can·ise.
Origin of vulcanize
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Examples from the Web for vulcanization
The process that makes it a finished product is known as vulcanization.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
The discovery of the vulcanization process acted as a very great stimulus to the rubber industry.Rubber
Edith A. Browne
The heat used in vulcanization reaches as much as three hundred degrees Fahrenheit.Great Inventions and Discoveries
Willis Duff Piercy
Goodyear had discovered the process which afterwards came to be known as “vulcanization.”
Mr. Goodyear had not yet discovered, however, the process of vulcanization, upon which the rubber industry is founded.
- to treat (rubber) with sulphur or sulphur compounds under heat and pressure to improve elasticity and strength or to produce a hard substance such as vulcanite
- to treat (substances other than rubber) by a similar process in order to improve their properties
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Word Origin and History for vulcanization
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- To harden rubber by combining it with sulfur or other substances in the presence of heat and pressure. Vulcanization gives rubber strength, resistance, and elasticity.
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An industrial process that strengthens natural rubber. Because it requires great heat, the process was named after the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.
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