Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless or white crystalline compound, CO(NH2)OC2H5, used in organic synthesis and formerly as a palliative treatment for leukemia.
  • n. Any of several esters, other than the ethyl ester, of carbamic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A white crystalline organic compound, ethyl-carbamate, NH2COOC2H5, used in the synthesis of other organic compounds.
  • n. Any compound of having this general structure.
  • n. Polyurethane.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white crystalline substance, NH2.CO.OC2H5, produced by the action of ammonia on ethyl carbonate or by heating urea nitrate and ethyl alcohol. It is used as a hypnotic, antipyretic, and antispasmodic. Hence, any ester of carbamic acid.
  • n. same as polyurethane.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., any ester of carbamic acid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ester of carbamic acid

Etymologies

ur(o)-1 + eth(yl) + -ane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • For safety purposes, RIBA's entire body is covered in a soft skin molded from an advanced lightweight urethane foam developed by TRI.

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  • It is sanded smooth, and an airbrush used to apply water-based inks, with some details being burned In. It is finished with 3 coats of water-based urethane, and signed and dated on the bottom.

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  • In 1970, University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman poured liquid urethane into a waffle iron in his garage, and running shoes have never been the same.

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  • Considering the often short and intermittent use of villas, the expanded hard urethane form has been installed to cover 60 mm of the interior wall of the oval cylinder, which will reduce thermal capacity.

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  • As for the interior finishing touch and for adding surface strength, synthetic resin with vermiculite material sprayed directly on the urethane form surface was the choice.

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  • This sheek little setting in the May edition of Wallpaper Magazine shows the red urethane Lover's Rug and Table #5 by FredriksonStallard.

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  • Due to be launched outside the U.S. in Spring 2012, the 20XI has a light polymer resin core for slower spin off the tee and two heavy urethane layers for fast spin around the green.

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  • I agree. Doesn't sound like something you'd want on your floor where the kiddies roam.

    June 6, 2008

  • To me this is one of those rude-sounding words that isn't. Although, admittedly, an ester of carbamic acid doesn't sound like elegant stuff either.

    June 6, 2008