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Posted by dandriff on Monday September 14, 2009@08:25AM

define: vulcanize

  1. undergo vulcanization; "vulcanize rubber"
  1. Vulcanization or vulcanisation refers to a specific curing process of rubber involving high heat and the addition of sulfur or other equivalent curatives. ...
  1. To treat rubber with heat and (usually) sulphur to harden it and make it more durable
  1. vulcanized - cured: (used of rubber) treated by a chemical or physical process to improve its properties (hardness and strength and odor and elasticity)
  1. vulcanization - process of treating rubber or rubberlike materials with sulphur at great heat to improve elasticity and strength or to harden them
  1. vulcanization - A process by which rubber is hardened using heat and sulphur
  1. vulcanization - an irreversible process during which a rubber compound through a change in its chemical structure (for example: cross-linking) becomes less plastic and more resistant to swelling by organic liquids and elastic properties are conferred, improved, or extended over a greater range of temperature.
  1. To improve the strength, resiliency, and freedom from stickiness and odor of rubber, for example, by combining with sulfur or other additives in ...
  1. The process of treating crude or synthetic rubber with heat and pressure to give it useful properties, such as elasticity, strength and stability.
  1. vulcanization - in plastics, a chemical reaction where the physical properties of an elastomer are changed by causing it to react with sulfur or other cross-linking agent; (2) ceramics, the formation of a liquid phase that upon cooling becomes a glass bonding matrix.