- the carbon rod through which current is conducted between the electrode holder and the arc in carbon arc lighting or welding.
- the rod or plate, composed in part of carbon, used in batteries.
Origin of carbon
OTHER WORDS FROM carboncar·bon·less, adjectivenon·car·bon, noun
Words nearby carbon
How to use carbon in a sentence
This month, Elon Musk donated $100 million toward a prize for carbon-capture ideas.Can Billionaires Really Save Us from Climate Disaster?|Heather Hansman|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
The RS model has a five-layer, carbon-reinforced plastic top, which Audi says is a first for the segment.Audi’s e-Tron GT charges up fast, but turns even faster|Stan Horaczek|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
The fashion industry is notoriously wasteful, accounting for 10 percent of global carbon emissions and putting as much as nine million tons of textiles in landfills each year.Tech-savvy fashion forecasters already know what you’ll be wearing in two years|Rachael Zisk|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
Although unconnected, the moves show that despite a general drop in spending because of the pandemic, some energy companies are willing to invest heavily to get big low-carbon projects moving ahead of their competitors.Four huge new energy deals show the future of decarbonization|Tim McDonnell|February 9, 2021|Quartz
China, the world’s largest emitter, has promised to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2060.Countries must ramp up climate pledges by 80 percent to hit key Paris target, study finds|Brady Dennis|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
It reacts very readily with oxygen by burning smokelessly, with carbon dioxide and water as its byproducts.
Methane (chemical formula CH4) is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, which literally means “containing hydrogen and carbon.”
Al Gore, however, sold his Current TV channel to Al Jazeera, which is funded by the royal family of famously carbon neutral Qatar.Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize|P. J. O’Rourke|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other psychiatrists attempted to treat schizophrenia with carbon dioxide gas and artificially-induced comas.
And “stinking rich” is the smell of zero carbon emissions at eco-friendly tech company campuses.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds|P. J. O’Rourke|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What are a few paltry, lumps of crystallised carbon compared to a galaxy of a million million suns?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
The carbon dioxid evolved distends the stomach, and its outline can easily be determined by percussion.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Carbon is the largest constituent of plants, and forms, in round numbers, about 50 per cent of their weight when dry.
The particular phenomena of vegetation also afford abundant evidence that humus cannot be the only source of carbon.
The composition of animal caseine differs from this principally in the amount of carbon.
British Dictionary definitions for carbon
- a nonmetallic element existing in the three crystalline forms: graphite, diamond, and buckminsterfullerene: occurring in carbon dioxide, coal, oil, and all organic compounds. The isotope carbon-12 has been adopted as the standard for atomic wt; carbon-14, a radioisotope with a half-life of 5700 years, is used in radiocarbon dating and as a tracer. Symbol: C; atomic no: 6; atomic wt: 12.011; valency: 2, 3, or 4; relative density: 1.8–2.1 (amorphous), 1.9–2.3 (graphite), 3.15–3.53 (diamond); sublimes at 3367±25°C; boiling pt: 4827°C
- (as modifier)a carbon compound
Derived forms of carboncarbonous, adjective
Word Origin for carbon
Scientific definitions for carbon
Other words from carboncarbonaceous adjective
Cultural definitions for carbon
A chemical element; its symbol is C. The carbon nucleus has six protons and six or more neutrons; six electrons are in orbit around the carbon nucleus. (See hydrocarbons and organic molecules (see also organic molecule).)