vulcanize

[vuhl-kuh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), vul·can·ized, vul·can·iz·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. vulcanian,
  2. vulcanism,
  3. vulcanite,
  4. vulcanizate,
  5. vulcanization,
  6. vulcanized fiber,
  7. vulcanology,
  8. vulg.,
  9. vulgar,
  10. vulgar fraction

Also especially British, vul·can·ise.

Origin of vulcanize

First recorded in 1820–30; Vulcan + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for vulcanization

vulcanize

vulcanise

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsvulcanizable or vulcanisable, adjectivevulcanization or vulcanisation, nounvulcanizer or vulcaniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for vulcanization

vulcanize

v.

1827, "to put into flames," from Vulcan (q.v.), name of the Roman god of fire, + -ize. As a treatment for rubber, first recorded 1846. Related: Vulcanized; vulcanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for vulcanization

vulcanize

[vŭlkə-nīz′]

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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Culture definitions for vulcanization

vulcanization

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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