carbon black


noun

any of various finely divided forms of amorphous carbon prepared by the partial combustion of hydrocarbons, as of natural gas, or by charring wood, bones, or other plant or animal tissues: used in pigments, as reinforcing agents in the manufacture of rubber products, and as clarifying or filtering agents.

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Origin of carbon black

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example sentences from the Web for carbon black

  • Of course cotton sheeting in liquid oxygen is not quite as good an explosive as carbon-black, which they used down in the mine.

    Scrimshaw|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It is generally admitted that carbon-black forms the bulk of all these.

  • The spots are carbon-black and have none of the vermilion and purple colors that characterize the brook trout.

British Dictionary definitions for carbon black

carbon black

noun

a black finely divided form of amorphous carbon produced by incomplete combustion of natural gas or petroleum: used to reinforce rubber and in the manufacture of pigments and ink
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