Definition of Teflon in English:

Teflon

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noun

  • 1 Trademark A tough synthetic resin made by polymerizing tetrafluoroethylene, chiefly used to coat nonstick cooking utensils and to make seals and bearings.

    ‘Both feature 10-ounce cotton canvas with a water-repellant Teflon coating and 100 percent polyester blaze overlay.’
    • ‘A mix of trendy and traditional styles is available and the entire range is made from machine washable, minimum-iron fabrics with many featuring tough Teflon coating.’
    • ‘The Teflon coats the threads but doesn't block the pores or gaps between threads.’
    • ‘Modern aluminium pans have a non-stick interior coating of Teflon or some tougher composite material.’
    • ‘Polytetrafluoroethylene is the basis of the non-stick coating Teflon, as well as the breathable waterproof fabric Goretex.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Used to refer to someone able to withstand criticism or attack with no apparent effect.
      ‘the head of the crime family is known as the Teflon Don because of his acquittals in three previous trials’
      • ‘Indeed, if not quite Teflon, McGreggor certainly seems to be made out of something strong and non-stick.’
      • ‘In local circles, he has acquired the monicker ‘Teflon King’ because no case can be made to stick against him and that he seemed "untouchable."’
      • ‘His father was known as ‘The Teflon Don’ because he escaped conviction for so long.’

Pronunciation

Teflon

/ˈtefˌlän/ /ˈtɛfˌlɑn/

Origin

1940s from tetra-‘four’ + fluoro- + -on on the pattern of words such as nylon and rayon.