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thermoplastic

1. (of a material, esp a synthetic plastic or resin) becoming soft when heated and rehardening on cooling without appreciable change of properties
2. a synthetic plastic or resin, such as polystyrene, with these properties

thermoplastic

[′thər·mə‚plas·tik]
(materials)
A polymeric material with a linear macromolecular structure that will repeatedly soften when heated and harden when cooled; for example, styrene, acrylics, polyethylenes, vinyls, nylons, and fluorocarbons. Also known as thermoplastic resin.

thermoplastic

A material which becomes soft and pliable when heated (without change in its other properties) and hard and rigid when cooled again.

thermoplastic

A polymer material that becomes pliable with heat, and with sufficient temperature, a liquid. When cooled, thermoplastics return to solid. There are more than 40 types, including acrylic, polypropylene, polycarbonate and polyethylene. Dating back to the mid-1800s, celluloid was the first thermoplastic, which remained popular until the mid-1900s. See thermoset and 3D printing.
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We experienced good sell-throughs on a number of our new visible Hexalite -- or VizHex -- products introduced in the second half of the year, including the Bump 'n Run and ES22 cross training shoes as well as the Aftershok and Question basketball shoes.
Reebok also created a patended Hexalite system in the shoes forefoot and heel for lightweight shock dispersion.
I would note, however, that we were encouraged by the success of our new visible Hexalite -- or VizHex -- product, the "Bump & Run," which was introduced in the quarter to strong sell-throughs.