One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A white crystalline compound made by heating cyanamide and used in making plastics.
A heterocyclic amine; chemical formula: (CNH₂)₃N₃
- ‘The direct pressure laminate is basically a one step process, whereby all the layers are fused directly to the core at the same time, and impregnated with melamine resins using heat and pressure.’
- ‘We then dipped the film in a melamine / acrylic binder solution, air dried, and cured it.’
- ‘As for the finish, low-molecular weight acrylic / melamine resins are used, which helps reduce emissions in the paint process.’
- ‘The melamine / acrylic binder is also more brittle than other binder resins we have used.’
- ‘Sulphonated melamine formaldehyde condensate in the form of an aqueous solution was used.’
2A plastic used chiefly for laminated coatings, made by copolymerizing this compound with formaldehyde.
- ‘Other than the sixties-era retro-grainy design of the eggshell surface, the melamine could be brand new.’
- ‘That was six years ago and now, her hands flickering across the melamine table top seeking the wood beneath, she says her most recent scans have given her the all-clear.’
- ‘There are metal forks and spoons, melamine Chinese spoons and plastic chopsticks.’
- ‘I found out only recently that melamine should not go into the microwave.’
- ‘Available in various materials such as bone, melamine, glass and plastic, there is a dish for every utility of your kitchen and the dining hall.’
Mid 19th century: from German melam (an arbitrary formation), denoting an insoluble amorphous organic substance, + amine.
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