Definitions

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

  • n. A synthetic rubber produced by polymerization of chloroprene and used in weather-resistant products, adhesives, shoe soles, sportswear, paints, and rocket fuels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A synthetic rubber, a polymer of chloroprene, commonly used in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, electrical insulation, liquid and sheet-applied elastomeric membranes and flashings, car fan belts, etc.

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

  • n. a synthetic rubber that is resistant to oils and aging; used in waterproof products

Etymologies

neo- + (chloro)prene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
US, 1930s; genericized trademark for DuPont brand of polychloroprene. neo- (“new”) +‎ isoprene (dropping the iso-), the latter from terpene. Originally called duprene (blend of DuPont and isoprene); the “new” is because neoprene was the first mass-produced general-purpose synthetic rubber. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The thing I don't like about neoprene is the tendency for a leg to want to float away on you when you try to step over a log, etc.

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  • Keep them out of sunlight, UV rays are rough on the material, neoprene is not really affected by that to this extent.

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  • The boot has a three-piece tongue, and the middle, made of gel encased in neoprene fabric, allows movement.

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  • In the United States a truly commercial synthetic rubber, known as neoprene, was first produced by DuPont in 1932.

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  • She bought her tote from Built, a New York-based company that makes its bags from neoprene, which is stretchable and machine-washable.

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  • For them, Schwab added fabrics such as neoprene, leather, cashmere and even a metallic cracked lame, used on an asymmetrical cropped jacket.

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  • The cost of owning an iPad can end up being considerably more, as users seek accessories such as neoprene covers to protect their sparkling gem of a gadget.

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  • There was a mix of fabrics and textures such as neoprene-like jackets, short hair fur coats and skirts, elbow length leather gloves, and a unique laminated lace which created a peekaboo effect.

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  • For the woman who wears Halston in 2010, Schwab added fabrics such as neoprene, leather, cashmere and even a metallic cracked lame, used on an asymmetrical cropped jacket.

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  • BW Cutters has launched an abrading head for its Genesis and Orion automated cutting machines that is designed for abrading materials such as neoprene or Hypalon fabrics.

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