from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To subject to the process of vulcanization, a method of treating caoutchouc or india-rubber with some form of sulphur, to effect certain changes in its properties, and yield a soft (vulcanized india-rubber) or a hard (vulcauite) product.
Goodyear discovered how to vulcanize rubber by forgetting, until it became red hot, a skillet containing a compound which he had before considered worthless.
Cost me thirteen dollars to repair one; vulcanize the tire, y'see.
It was already known how to vulcanize rubber, and how to galvanize iron.
‘Vulcanize’ comes from ‘Vulcan,’ the Roman god of fire and metalworking.