One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A white crystalline compound made by heating cyanamide and used in making plastics.
- ‘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.’
- ‘We then dipped the film in a melamine / acrylic binder solution, air dried, and cured it.’
- ‘Sulphonated melamine formaldehyde condensate in the form of an aqueous solution was used.’
- ‘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.’
2A plastic used chiefly for laminated coatings, made by copolymerizing this compound with formaldehyde.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other than the sixties-era retro-grainy design of the eggshell surface, the melamine could be brand new.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from German melam (an arbitrary formation), denoting an insoluble amorphous organic substance, + amine.
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