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vulcanize

[ vuhl-kuh-nahyz ]
/ 藞v蕦l k蓹藢na瑟z /
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verb (used with object), vul路can路ized, vul路can路iz路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.
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Also especially British, vul路can路ise .

Origin of vulcanize

First recorded in 1820鈥30; Vulcan + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for vulcanize

vulcanize

vulcanise

/ (藞v蕦lk蓹藢na瑟z) /

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 forms of vulcanize

vulcanizable or vulcanisable, adjectivevulcanization or vulcanisation, nounvulcanizer or vulcaniser, noun
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Scientific definitions for vulcanize

vulcanize
[ v怒lk蓹-n墨z鈥 ]

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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