- to char (organic matter) until it forms carbon.
- to coat or enrich with carbon.
- to become carbonized.
Also especially British, car·bon·ise.
Origin of carbonize
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Examples from the Web for carbonize
The material began to carbonize at a temperature of 140° to 150°.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)
William Anderson Syme
Empyreuma, the smell arising from organic matter when subjected to the action of fire, but not enough to carbonize it entirely.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Just the right mixture will neither burn nor carbonize and is said to be a "neutral" flame.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting
Harold P. Manly
When the dust thus produced begins to carbonize, the pressure and velocity are increased.
To carbonize wood under a movable covering, the plan of meiler, or heaps, is employed very much in Germany.
- to turn or be turned into carbon as a result of heating, fossilization, chemical treatment, etc
- (tr) to enrich or coat (a substance) with carbon
- (intr) to react or unite with carbon
Also (for senses 2, 3): carburize
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