EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
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Examples from the Web for carbide Historical Examples of carbide
carbide lamps were held close to the fuses for a second.
Harry unhooked his
carbide from his belt, lit it and looked around.
carbide falls into the generator, the bottom of which is open.
Fig. 10 applies to the introduction of the
carbide into the water.
There, I meant to fill the
carbide tank to-day, said Ned, but I forgot all about it. British Dictionary definitions for carbide noun a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element See also acetylide
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Word Origin and History for carbide n.
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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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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