vulcanise

vulcanize

[vuhl-kuh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), vulcanized, vulcanizing.
1.
to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting strength, greater elasticity, durability, etc.
2.
to subject (a substance other than rubber) to some analogous process, as to harden it.
Also, especially British, vulcanise.


Origin:
1820–30; Vulcan + -ize

vulcanizable, adjective
vulcanization, noun
vulcanizer, noun
nonvulcanized, adjective
self-vulcanizing, adjective
semivulcanized, adjective
unvulcanized, adjective
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vulcanize or vulcanise (ˈvʌlkəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  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
2.  to treat (substances other than rubber) by a similar process in order to improve their properties
 
vulcanise or vulcanise
 
vb
 
'vulcanizable or vulcanise
 
adj
 
'vulcanisable or vulcanise
 
adj
 
vulcani'zation or vulcanise
 
n
 
vulcani'sation or vulcanise
 
n
 
'vulcanizer or vulcanise
 
n
 
'vulcaniser or vulcanise
 
n

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vulcanize
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.
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vulcanize   (vŭl'kə-nīz')  Pronunciation Key 
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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