vulcanize(redirected from vulcanizable)
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tr.v. vul·ca·nized, vul·ca·niz·ing, vul·ca·niz·es
To improve the strength, resiliency, and freedom from stickiness and odor of (rubber, for example) by combining with sulfur or other additives in the presence of heat and pressure.
vul′ca·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. (Chemistry) 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. (Chemistry) to treat (substances other than rubber) by a similar process in order to improve their properties
ˈvulcanˌizable, ˈvulcanˌisable adj
ˌvulcaniˈzation, ˌvulcaniˈsation n
ˈvulcanˌizer, ˈvulcanˌiser n
v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting greater strength, elasticity, and durability.
2. to subject (a substance other than rubber) to some analogous process, as to harden it.
To harden rubber by heating it and combining it with sulfur. Vulcanization gives rubber strength and elasticity.
Past participle: vulcanized
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|Verb||1.||vulcanize - undergo vulcanization; "vulcanize rubber"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
|2.||vulcanize - subject to vulcanization; "vulcanized rubber"|