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  • The couch is covered with synthetic leather.
  • Trying to make a good synthetic fabric that breathes better than cotton.
  • said with a synthetic smile
  • Chemists learned to make synthetic penicillin.

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  • Venter built the first synthetic one-celled organism.
  • Several of the ingredients were synthetic additives that are permitted under federal organic rules.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • ...the centrifugal pump that kept the liquid moving over the placenta and drove it through the synthetic lung and waste product filter.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Right now your blood is being replaced with a synthetic oxygen-rich solution.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Our dignified elephant of a chesterfield with its matching baby ottoman sits in the living room looking stunned, as if it got sleep-darted in its natural environment and woke up in this strange new captivity, surrounded by faux-posh carpet and synthetic wood and unveined walls.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • You would talk about intensity and self-denial, while throwing around words like Futurism, Bauhaus, and synthetic Cubism.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • They stopped at a cubicle, grey and small and lined with a material like synthetic linen.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The outside track is made of synthetic rubber.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Her pant legs had been rolled up her calves, revealing one human leg and one synthetic.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • My mother’s shirt felt suddenly cheap, the synthetic threads shining in the thin light.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "Of course our food, being synthetic, is not superior to your messes of beans and bacon and so forth, but I assure you that it’s far more nourishing, and though it has no taste of its own, a slight conditioning is all that is necessary to give you the illusion that you are eating a roast turkey dinner.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • ) She left behind heaps of stuff for Ralph and Dina to deal with, including a few hideous synthetic sweaters Dina had tossed her way at Christmas.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • His house was carpeted and furnished showroom style—twelve hand-carved dining chairs, upholstered chairs in fringed synthetic velvet in two colours in the sitting room, lamps, tables, air conditioners everywhere.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • His voice took on the syrupy synthetic tones of deepest Dixieland—an accent, though, to my sleep-drugged but responsive ears, that was the product of remarkably deft mimicry.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s not real flame, of course, just a little synthetic fire Portia and I came up with.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And as if to show that all things were equal to him, of his own free will he issued in addition half a pound of synthetic honey to each man.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Within the ranks of his arcane field, an advanced technology called synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, he is an eminence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • On my feet I had a pair of fake sheepskin boots with dirty synthetic shearing spilling out like animal innards around the tops and seams.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Happiness had disappeared along with rubber, silk, and many other staples, to be replaced by the wartime synthetic, high morale, for the Duration.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • On impact, the oversized spider bit an unhealthy gob of synthetic flesh off the assassin and chomped at its vital circuitry.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • What his dazzled state neglected in this, his first far too synthetic estimation, we do not think it necessary to point out here.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Demerol, my friend, is a synthetic opiate, twice as addictive as heroin.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • No synthetic yellow bangs suspended over marble-blue eyes, no pinched nose and bowline mouth.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • How could such a thing be possible when our propaganda had told us that German aircraft and tanks were made of cardboard, and ran on synthetic fuel that wasn’t even fit for cigarette lighters?
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • As he took her in his arms a wave of synthetic violets flooded his nostrils.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The cloth was soft, some kind of synthetic.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Everything is synthetic nowadays.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The summer dresses are unpacked and hanging in the closet, two of them, pure cotton, which is better than synthetics like the cheaper ones, though even so, when it’s muggy, in July and August, you sweat inside them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • A lethargic avalanche of synthetic thought can take days to fall.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Are they synthetic a priori judgments, as Kant said?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "It’s a big gun, a synthetic antibiotic, and it works well on resistant strains."
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Underthings of an intense pink with unmistakably synthetic lace trim.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • …for drinking 2 boxes of waterproof matches 2 buoyant orange smoke signals 2 mid-size orange plastic buckets 2 buoyant orange plastic bailing cups 2 multi-purpose plastic containers with airtight lids 2 yellow rectangular sponges 2 buoyant synthetic ropes, each 50 metres long 2 non-buoyant synthetic ropes of unspecified length, but each at least 30 metres long 2 fishing kits with hooks, lines and sinkers 2 gaffs with very sharp barbed hooks 2 sea anchors 2 hatchets 2 rain catchers 2…
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The main product of its mills was cotton gingham, and by the late 1920’s consumer demand for gingham had shifted to the emerging synthetic materials, such as rayon.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It felt strange in the hand, curiously sensitive to the touch but at the same time giving the impression that it was synthetic, insoluble, elaborately engineered.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She was a worse dancer than even he was, but she threw herself about to the synthetic jitterbug music with more uninhibited pleasure than he had ever observed until he felt his legs falling asleep with boredom and yanked her off the dance floor toward the table at which the girl he should have been screwing was still sitting tipsily with one hand around Aarfy’s neck, her orange satin blouse still hanging open slovenly below her full white lacy brassiere as she made dirty sex talk…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But it’s still essential for the production of plastics, synthetics, food base, and keroids.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For thirty-seven hours now they had been working on a report of their investigations of synthetic rubber.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The Eastern countries, on the other hand, were undergoing violent but largely synthetic spasms of national pride.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He has written "Steve Lopez" and "Mr. Ma" on the breast of the shirt, and over that he wears a black jacket of synthetic leather.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • In the privacy of his little curtained cabin he unlocked the safe that held the confidential books and took out the bracelet; it glowed in the synthetic light.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • …over the land—this seed I regularly and faithfully procured from the village, till at length one morning I forgot the rules, and scalded my yeast; by which accident I discovered that even this was not indispensable—for my discoveries were not by the synthetic but analytic process—and I have gladly omitted it since, though most housewives earnestly assured me that safe and wholesome bread without yeast might not be, and elderly people prophesied a speedy decay of the vital forces.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • For my first day at school, my niang dressed me up in my best clothes, a new black cotton, quilted winter jacket and hand-me-down cotton pants with patches on the knees and the bottom, and a hat for winter of cotton and synthetic fur.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Yes, he had corrupted Ellen to more than renegadery, though, like her, unaware that his flowering was a forced blooming too and that while he was still playing the scene to the audience, behind him fate, destiny, retribution, irony—the stage manager, call him what you will—was already striking the set and dragging on the synthetic and spurious shadows and shapes of the next one.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In vials of ivory and coloured glass Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes, Unguent, powdered, or liquid — troubled, confused And drowned the sense in odours; stirred by the air That freshened from the window, these ascended In fattening the prolonged candle-flames, Flung their smoke into the laquearia, 92 Stirring the pattern on the coffered ceiling.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • It was a belt canteen of flexible synthetic divided into half-litre pockets.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
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