polythene

n. Chem. a tough light thermoplastic polymer of ethylene, usu. translucent and flexible or opaque and rigid, used for packaging and insulating materials. Also called POLYETHYLENE, POLYETHENE.

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  • polythène — [ pɔlitɛn ] n. m. • 1953; nom déposé, de poly et éthylène ♦ Chim. ⇒ polyéthylène. polyéthylène ou (nom déposé) polythène n. m. Matière plastique obtenue par polymérisation de l éthylène, utilisée notam. pour fabriquer des récipients souples, des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • polythene — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a tough, light, flexible plastic made by polymerizing ethylene, chiefly used for packaging. ORIGIN contraction of polyethylene …   English terms dictionary

  • polythene — [päl′i thēn΄] n. chiefly Brit. var. of POLYETHYLENE …   English World dictionary

  • polythene — (BrE) (AmE polyethylene) noun VERB + POLYTHENE/POLYETHYLENE ▪ cover sth with, line sth with, wrap sth in POLYTHENE/POLYETHYLENE + NOUN ▪ bag ▪ film (AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • polythene — [[t]pɒ̱lɪθiːn[/t]] N UNCOUNT Polythene is a type of plastic made into thin sheets or bags and used especially to keep food fresh or to keep things dry. [mainly BRIT] Simply put them into a polythene bag and store them in the freezer for a day.… …   English dictionary

  • polythene, GB — polietilenas statusas T sritis chemija formulė Formulę žr. priede. priedas( ai) Grafinis formatas atitikmenys: angl. polyethene, GB; polyethylene; polythene, GB rus. полиэтилен ryšiai: sinonimas – polietenas …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • polythene — noun Etymology: by contraction Date: 1939 chiefly British polyethylene …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polythene — /pol euh theen /, n. Chem. Brit. polyethylene. [1935 40; by shortening] * * * …   Universalium

  • polythene — noun A light thermoplastic used in packaging etc.; polyethylene …   Wiktionary

  • polythene — poly·thene (polґe thēn) polyethylene; a formerly used name that is still used in England …   Medical dictionary

  • polythene — pol|y|thene [ˈpɔlıθi:n US ˈpa: ] n [U] BrE a strong light plastic used to make bags, sheets for covering food, small containers etc American Equivalent: polyethylene …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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