Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To improve the strength, resiliency, and freedom from stickiness and odor of (rubber, for example) by combining with sulfur or other additives in the presence of heat and pressure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To subject to the process of vulcanization, as caoutchouc
  • To admit of vulcanization.
  • Also spelled vulcanise.

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

  • transitive verb To change the properties of, as caoutchouc, or India rubber, by the process of vulcanization.
  • transitive verb paper, paper pulp, or other fiber, chemically treated, as with metallic chlorides, so as to form a substance resembling ebonite in texture, hardness, etc.
  • transitive verb India rubber, vulcanized.

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

  • verb transitive To treat rubber with heat and (usually) sulphur to harden it and make it more durable.
  • verb To desertify or create a xeric landscape

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

  • verb undergo vulcanization
  • verb subject to vulcanization

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Examples

  • Precisely because a human soul is unstable, and subject to influence, and hardening over time, the Christian tradition has put a great deal of weight on moral and spiritual discipline in order to "vulcanize" the networks that lead to properly ordered emotions, thoughts, and decisions.

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  • Precisely because a human soul is unstable, and subject to influence, and hardening over time, the Christian tradition has put a great deal of weight on moral and spiritual discipline in order to "vulcanize" the networks that lead to properly ordered emotions, thoughts, and decisions.

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  • Precisely because a human soul is unstable, and subject to influence, and hardening over time, the Christian tradition has put a great deal of weight on moral and spiritual discipline in order to "vulcanize" the networks that lead to properly ordered emotions, thoughts, and decisions.

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  • You've never known, you realize, how to vulcanize rubber to make a tire.

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  • You've never known, you realize, how to vulcanize rubber to make a tire.

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  • They began to export the resin in blocks and in 1869 the three men found a way to vulcanize it into a kind of parrifin.

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  • Don't be a fool, vulcanize your tool and, my personal favourite:

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  • Victor David Hanson disagrees, saying we're allowing immigrant groups to vulcanize and to separate from our mainstream population.

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  • Victor David Hanson disagrees, saying we're allowing immigrant groups to vulcanize and to separate from our mainstream population.

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  • LAMB: So, if you vulcanize rubber today, do you start with latex?

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