What does plasticize mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term plasticize:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plasticize, plasticise(verb)

    become plastic, as by having a plasticizer added

  2. plasticize, plasticise(verb)

    make plastic, as by the addition of a plasticizer

    "plasticized PVC"


  1. plasticize(Verb)

    To make something more plastic, especially by adding a plasticizer

  2. plasticize(Verb)

    To become more plastic


  1. plasticize

    A plasticizer (UK: plasticiser) is a substance that is added to a material to make it softer and more flexible, to increase its plasticity, to decrease its viscosity, and/or to decrease friction during its handling in manufacture. Plasticizers are commonly added to polymers such as plastics and rubber, either to facilitate the handling of the raw material during fabrication, or to meet the demands of the end product's application. For example, plasticizers are commonly added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which otherwise is hard and brittle, to make it soft and pliable; which makes it suitable for products such as shower curtains, vinyl flooring, clothing, bags, flexible plastic tubing, and electric wire insulation/coating. Plasticizers are also often added to concrete formulations to make them more workable and fluid for pouring, thus allowing the water contents to be reduced. Similarly, they are often added to clays, stucco, solid rocket fuel, and other pastes prior to molding and forming. For these applications, plasticizers largely overlap with dispersants.


  1. plasticize

    Plasticize is the process of making or becoming plastic or soft and workable, especially by the addition of a plasticizer, which is a substance typically added to a synthetic resin to promote plasticity or flexibility and to reduce brittleness. This process is often used in industries such as plastics, ceramics, and concrete manufacturing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plasticize in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plasticize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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