[ pol-ee-eth-uh-leen ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈɛθ əˌlin /
a plastic polymer of ethylene used chiefly for containers, electrical insulation, and packaging.
Also called, British, polythene.
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Examples from the Web for polyethylene
These substances are relatively harmless compared to longer-living man-made plastics like 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
British Dictionary definitions for polyethylene
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈɛθɪˌliːn) /
another name for polythene
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Word Origin and History for polyethylene
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Science definitions for polyethylene
[ pŏl′ē-ĕth′ə-lēn′ ]
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.
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