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carbon black

any of various finely divided forms of amorphous carbon prepared by the partial combustion of hydrocarbons, as of natural gas, or by charring wood, bones, or other plant or animal tissues: used in pigments, as reinforcing agents in the manufacture of rubber products, and as clarifying or filtering agents.
Origin of carbon black
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The toxicity was wholly or partly removed by the addition of such substances as carbon black, calcium carbonate or ferric hydrate.

  • carbon black, lampblack, graphite, or any other good conductor of electricity should never be placed next to the surface of iron.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for carbon black

carbon black

a black finely divided form of amorphous carbon produced by incomplete combustion of natural gas or petroleum: used to reinforce rubber and in the manufacture of pigments and ink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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