[ kahr-bahyd, -bid ]
/ ˈkɑr baɪd, -bɪd /


a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, especially tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.

Origin of carbide

First recorded in 1860–65; carb- + -ide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carbide


/ (ˈkɑːbaɪd) /


a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive elementSee also acetylide
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Word Origin and History for carbide



compound formed by combination of carbon and another element, 1848, from carb-, comb. form of carbon + chemical suffix -ide. The earlier word was carburet.

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Science definitions for carbide


[ kärbīd′ ]

A chemical compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, such as calcium or tungsten. Many carbides, especially those made of carbon and a metal, are very hard and are used to make cutting tools and abrasives.
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