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[span-deks] /ˈspæn dɛks/
noun, Chemistry
a synthetic fiber composed of a long-chain polymer, used chiefly in the manufacture of garments to add elasticity.
Origin of spandex
1955-60; anagram of expands Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spandex
  • Allied is not alone in trying to shed bagpipes and tartan in favour of drum machines and spandex.
  • There's more to figure skating than spandex and sequins, specifically physics.
  • The pouch, called a swelling hemostat, resembles a beanbag and is made of a polymer-fiber mesh encased in spandex fabric.
  • Still, gritty naturalism is no small leap for the spandex genre.
  • Thrill-seeking cyclists used to be club-joining enthusiasts in spandex.
  • Finally, something to wear to the gym that isn't spandex or sweatpants.
  • She wears tight, shimmering spandex pants with a new holographic material annealed to the surface.
  • Blends that contain a little spandex will resist wrinkling so they're a good option for travel.
  • Any revealing attire made of spandex, translucent or transparent material is considered inappropriate.
  • Tights and spandex are ideal, but shorts, sweats or comfortable pants are fine.
British Dictionary definitions for spandex


a type of synthetic stretch fabric made from polyurethane fibre
Word Origin
C20: coined from an anagram of expands
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Word Origin and History for spandex



synthetic fiber, 1959, American English, proprietary name, an arbitrary formation from expand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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