poly

[pol-ee]
noun, plural polies.
1.
Informal. polyester ( def 2 ): a blend of poly and cotton.
2.
a fabric or garment made of polyester.
adjective
3.
made of or containing polyester: a poly swimsuit.

Origin:
by shortening

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poly-

a combining form with the meanings “much, many” and, in chemistry, “polymeric,” used in the formation of compound words: polyandrous; polyculture; polyethylene.

Origin:
< Greek, combining form representing polýs; akin to Old English fela many. See plus

poly.

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poly (ˈpɒlɪ)
 
n , pl polys
1.  informal short for polytechnic
 
adj
2.  informal short for polyester
3.  informal short for polythene

poly-
 
combining form
1.  more than one; many or much: polyhedron
2.  having an excessive or abnormal number or amount: polycythaemia
 
[from Greek polus much, many; related to Old English fela many]

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poly-
comb. form meaning "many, much," from Gk. poly-, combining form of polys "much" (plural polloi); cognate with L. plus, from PIE base *ple- (cf. Skt. purvi "much," prayah "mostly;" Avestan perena-, O.Pers. paru "much;" Gk. plethos "people, multitude, great number," pleres "full," polys "much, plenty,"
ploutos "wealth," plethein "be full;" Lith. pilus "full, abundant;" O.C.S. plunu; Goth. filu "much," O.N. fjöl-, O.E. fela, feola "much, many;" O.E. folgian; O.Ir. lan, Welsh llawn "full;" O.Ir. il, Welsh elu "much"), probably related to base *pele- "to spread."
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poly- pref.

  1. More than one; many; much: polyatomic.

  2. More than usual; excessive; abnormal: polydipsia.

  3. Polymer; polymeric: polyethylene.

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poly-  
A prefix meaning "many," as in polygon, a figure having many sides. In chemistry, it is used to form the names of polymers by being attached to the name of the base unit of which the polymer is made, as in polysaccharide, a polymer made of repeating simple sugars (monosaccharides).
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Poly definition

language
1. A polymorphic, block-structured language developed by D.C.J. Matthews at Cambridge in the early 1980s.
["An Overview of the Poly Programming Language", D.C.J. Matthews, in Data Types and Persistence, M.P. Atkinson et al eds, Springer 1988].
2. A language developed at St Andrews University, Scotland.
[Software Practice & Exp, Oct 1986].
3. A polymorphic language used in the referenced book.
["Polymorphic Programming Languages", David M. Harland, Ellis Horwood 1984].
(2000-11-07)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
poly
polyester fiber
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Example sentences
They play poly tricks instead of coming up with a real fix.
The elasticized waistband and wrists keep the cold out, and the soft poly lining wicks away moisture.
Polypharmacy by poly-physicians is an accelerating problem.
Simultaneously, poly-silicon manufacturers have brought more capacity online.
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