vulcanize (also vulcanise) VERB harden (rubber or rubber-like material) by treating it with sulphur at a high temperature.
DERIVATIVES vulcanization noun.

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  • Vulcanize — Vul can*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vulcanized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vulcanizing}.] To change the properties of, as caoutchouc, or India rubber, by the process of vulcanization. [1913 Webster] {Vulcanized fiber}, paper, paper pulp, or other fiber,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vulcanize — 1827, to put into flames, from VULCAN (Cf. Vulcan) (q.v.), name of the Roman god of fire, + ize. As a treatment for rubber, first recorded 1846 …   Etymology dictionary

  • vulcanize — (Amer.) vul·can·ize || vÊŒlkÉ™naɪz v. treat crude rubber with sulphur and expose it to high temperatures to increase its durability and elasticity (also vulcanise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vulcanize — [vul′kə nīz΄] vt. vulcanized, vulcanizing [ VULCAN + IZE] to subject to vulcanization vi. to undergo vulcanization vulcanizer n …   English World dictionary

  • vulcanize — verb ( nized; nizing) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin Vulcanus Vulcan, fire Date: 1846 transitive verb to subject to vulcanization intransitive verb to undergo vulcanization • vulcanizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vulcanize — vulcanizable, adj. vulcanization, n. vulcanizer, n. /vul keuh nuyz /, v.t., vulcanized, vulcanizing. 1. to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting strength, greater elasticity, durability, etc. 2. to subject (a substance other than …   Universalium

  • vulcanize — verb To treat rubber with heat and (usually) sulphur to harden it and make it more durable. See Also: vulcanicity, vulcanite, vulcanology …   Wiktionary

  • vulcanize — vul·ca·nize (vulґkə nīz) to subject raw rubber, in the presence of sulfur, to heat and high steam pressure, producing a flexible or hard rubber …   Medical dictionary

  • vulcanize — Synonyms and related words: blaze, blister, brand, burn, burn in, burn off, cast, cauterize, char, coal, crack, cupel, elasticize, flame, found, oxidate, oxidize, parch, pyrolyze, rubber, rubberize, scorch, sear, singe, solder, swinge, torrefy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • vulcanize — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. subject to vulcanization, treat, weld; see harden 1 , 3 , join 1 , repair …   English dictionary for students

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