[ bey-nahyt ]
/ ˈbeɪ naɪt /

noun Metallurgy.

an aggregate of iron carbide and ferrite, formed from austenite below the temperature at which pearlite forms and above that at which martensite forms.

Origin of bainite

1930–35; after Edgar C. Bain (1891–1971), American physicist and metallurgist; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bainite


/ (ˈbeɪnaɪt) /


a mixture of iron and iron carbide found in incompletely hardened steels, produced when austenite is transformed at temperatures between the pearlite and martensite ranges

Word Origin for bainite

C20: named after Edgar C. Bain (1891–1971), American physicist; see -ite 1
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