Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Org. Chem.) 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.
  • noun same as polyurethane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an ester of carbamic acid

Etymologies

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

[ur(o)– + eth(yl) + –ane.]

Examples

  • If oil and dirt get on the edges the new adhesive (also called urethane) may not bond correctly.

    Paramus Post

  • If oil and dirt get on the edges the new adhesive (also called urethane) may not bond correctly.

    Paramus Post

  • 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.

    Shell Villa by ARTechnic Architects

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

    Boing Boing

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

    I suppose it had to happen

  • 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.

    Shell Villa by ARTechnic Architects

  • Yes | No | Report from ggmack wrote 28 weeks 1 day ago use urethane as head cement. it is readily available at hardware stores and a quart is about 8 bucks around here.

    More Cheap Thrills: Walking the Flats in Chucks

  • 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.

    Dodo by Sandra Healy

  • Yes | No | Report from ggmack wrote 28 weeks 1 day ago use urethane as head cement. it is readily available at hardware stores and a quart is about 8 bucks around here.

    More Cheap Thrills: Walking the Flats in Chucks

  • 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.

    The Flex Diet

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  • 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

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

    June 6, 2008