meaning of bakelite

bakelite meaning in General Dictionary

a thermosetting synthetic found in electric insulators as well as making synthetic ware and phone receivers etc

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  • a thermosetting synthetic utilized as electric insulators as well as making plastic ware and phone receivers etc.

bakelite meaning in Etymology Dictionary

variety of plastic widely used early 20c., 1909, from German Bakelit, known as for Belgian-born U.S. physicist Leo Baekeland (1863-1944), which invented it. Initially a proprietary name, it's formed by the condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde.