- a plastic polymer of ethylene used chiefly for containers, electrical insulation, and packaging.
Origin of polyethylene
Examples from the Web for polyethylene
Contemporary Examples of polyethylene
These substances are relatively harmless compared to longer-living man-made plastics like polyethylene.Your Favorite Facewash Is Hurting Nemo
Alexa C. Kurzius
June 18, 2014
Historical Examples of polyethylene
No, I haven't; we have some rugs, most of them are wrapped in polyethylene.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- another name for polythene
- Any of various artificial resins consisting of many ethyl groups (CH2CH2) joined end to end or in branched chains. Polyethylenes are easily molded and are resistant to other chemicals. They can be repeatedly softened and hardened by heating and cooling, and are used for many purposes, such as making containers, tubes, and packaging.