Spandex synthetic fiber, 1959, American English, proprietary name, an arbitrary formation from EXPAND (Cf. expand).

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  • Spandex — fiber Spandex or elastane is a synthetic fibre known for its exceptional elasticity. It is strong, but less durable than natural Latex, its major non synthetic competitor. It is a polyurethane polyurea copolymer that was co invented in 1959 by… …   Wikipedia

  • Spandex — Span dex, prop. n. An elastic textile material, used for clothing [Trade name] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spandex — ► NOUN trademark ▪ a type of stretchy polyurethane fabric. ORIGIN an arbitrary formation from EXPAND(Cf. ↑expansible) …   English terms dictionary

  • spandex — ☆ spandex [span′deks΄ ] n. [arbitrary metathesis of EXPAND] an elastic fiber, chiefly a synthetic polymer of polyurethane, used in girdles, swimsuits, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Spandex — Sportbekleidung aus Elastan Elastan, im nord amerikanischen Sprachraum Spandex, in anderen Ländern elastane, ist eine äußerst dehnbare Kunstfaser. Sie ähnelt Gummi, hat aber eine höhere Festigkeit und ist haltbarer. Die ersten Fasern aus Elastan… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spandex — Élasthanne Bobine d élasthanne …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spandex — noun Spandex is used before these nouns: ↑shorts …   Collocations dictionary

  • spandex — Said out of nowhere as a response to something else, seemingly out of nowhere. A: Oh, seventeen! B: Spandex …   Dictionary of american slang

  • spandex — noun Etymology: anagram of expands Date: 1959 any of various elastic textile fibers made chiefly of polyurethane; also clothing made of this material …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spandex — /span deks/, n. Chem. a synthetic fiber composed of a long chain polymer, used chiefly in the manufacture of garments to add elasticity. [1955 60; anagram of expands] * * * …   Universalium

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