carbon fiber


a strong, stiff, thin fiber of nearly pure carbon, made by subjecting various organic raw materials to high temperatures, combined with synthetic resins to produce a strong, lightweight material used in construction of aircraft and spacecraft.

Nearby words

  1. carbon dioxide,
  2. carbon dioxide cycle,
  3. carbon dioxide snow,
  4. carbon disulfide,
  5. carbon disulphide,
  6. carbon fibre,
  7. carbon fixation,
  8. carbon footprint,
  9. carbon microphone,
  10. carbon monoxide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for carbon fiber

carbon fiber

An extremely strong, thin fiber, consisting of long, chainlike molecules of pure carbon that are made by charring synthetic fibers such as rayon in the absence of oxygen. Carbon fibers are used in high-strength composite materials in aircraft, automobiles, architectural structures, and in other applications where light materials capable of withstanding high stress are required.
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