Definitions for vulcanizeˈvʌl kəˌnaɪz
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vul•can•izeˈvʌl kəˌnaɪz(v.t.)-ized, -iz•ing.
to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting greater strength, elasticity, and durability.
to subject (a substance other than rubber) to some analogous process, as to harden it.
Origin of vulcanize:
subject to vulcanization
To treat rubber with heat and (usually) sulphur to harden it and make it more durable.
To desertify or create a xeric landscape
to change the properties of, as caoutchouc, or India rubber, by the process of vulcanization