1) any of a group of condensation polymers used to form synthetic fibres such as Terylene or to make resins.
2) a fabric made from such a polymer.
Characteristics: It is an extremely resilient fibre that is smooth, crisp and particularly springy. Its shape is determined by heat and it is insensitive to moisture. It is lightweight, strong and resistant to creasing, shrinking, stretching, mildew and abrasion. It is readily washable and is not damaged by sunlight or weather and is resistant to moths and mildew.
Uses: Many and varied.
Derivation: Poly- Greek combining form of polys much, many.