a brand name for any of a series of thermosetting plastics prepared by heating phenol or cresol with formaldehyde and ammonia under pressure: used for radio cabinets, telephone receivers, electric insulators, and molded plastic ware.
Historical Examples

This second dial was no more than a thin disk of hard rubber or Bakelite, with a red scratch-mark on one side.
The Infra-Medians Sewell Peaslee Wright

Bakelite, however, is only one of an indefinite number of such condensation products.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson

The product is similar to Bakelite, exactly how similar is a question that the courts will have to decide.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson

A phenolic condensation product closely related to Bakelite and redmanol is condensite, the invention of Jonas Walter Aylesworth.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson

Bakelite is a substitute for hard rubber or amber, invented by the eminent chemist Dr. Baekeland.
America’s Munitions 1917-1918 Benedict Crowell

This is a name the Australians coined for synthetic resin made from phenol and formaldehyde like Bakelite.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson

Yeah, some of them are on Bakelite and some we just use a clip and maybe a piece of cardboard.
Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

Pipestems and beads of Bakelite have the clear brilliancy of amber and greater strength.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson

trademark any one of a class of thermosetting resins used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware, telephone receivers, etc

type of plastic widely used early 20c., 1909, from German Bakelit, named for Belgian-born U.S. physicist Leo Baekeland (1863-1944), who invented it. Originally a proprietary name, it is formed by the condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde.


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