Origin of thermosetting

First recorded in 1935–40; thermo- + setting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermosetting


  1. (of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) hardening permanently after one application of heat and pressure. Thermosetting plastics, such as phenol-formaldehyde, cannot be remouldedCompare thermoplastic
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thermosetting in Science


  1. Relating to a compound that softens when initially heated, but hardens permanently once it has cooled. Thermosetting materials are made of long-chain polymers that cross-link with each other after they have been heated, rendering the substance permanently hard. Compare thermoplastic.
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