a salt or ester of carbonic acid.
to form into a carbonate.
to charge or impregnate with carbon dioxide: carbonated drinks.
to make sprightly; enliven.
- car·bon·a·tor, noun
- non·car·bo·nate, noun
- non·car·bo·nat·ed, adjective
- sem·i·car·bon·ate, adjective
- un·car·bon·at·ed, adjective
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How to use carbonate in a sentence
When it comes to permanently storing CO2, there’s growing interest in using certain minerals that react with the gas and lock it up in the form of stable carbonates.
Calcium carbonate is found in nature as limestone, and is a common additive to consumer products like paper and toothpaste.Scientists Want to Fight Climate Change by Blocking the Sun With Dust | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | January 28, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Ultimately those creatures die, their shells sinking to the ocean floor and becoming carbonate rocks themselves.How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born | Carolyn Gramling | January 13, 2021 | Science News
Carbon dioxide from the air reacts with the electrolyte, forming carbonates that block one electrode.New battery chemistry results in first rechargeable zinc-air battery | John Timmer | December 31, 2020 | Ars Technica
The new picture of a broadly moist Bennu forerunner fits with studies of meteorites on Earth, where researchers had seen similar carbonate veins.Local asteroid Bennu used to be filled with tiny rivers | Charlie Wood | October 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
Using vinegar to break up the calcium carbonate deposits in your coffee maker?
When ordinary methods do not suffice, it can usually be cleared by shaking up with a little magnesium carbonate and filtering.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
It is in this way that lime, which occurs in the soil principally as the insoluble carbonate, is dissolved and absorbed.
But the part soluble in acids is distinguished by the great abundance of carbonate of lime.
Chalk is a very pure form of carbonate of lime, and where it abounds has been largely employed as an application on the soil.
Calcareous incrustations, including fragments of madrepores, and of shells, cemented by splintery carbonate of lime.
British Dictionary definitions for carbonate
a salt or ester of carbonic acid. Carbonate salts contain the divalent ion CO 3 2–
to form or turn into a carbonate
(tr) to treat with carbon dioxide or carbonic acid, as in the manufacture of soft drinks
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Scientific definitions for carbonate
A salt or ester of carbonic acid, containing the group CO3. The reaction of carbonic acid with a metal results in a salt (such as sodium carbonate), and the reaction of carbonic acid with an organic compound results in an ester (such as diethyl carbonate).
Any other compound containing the group CO3. Carbonates include minerals such as calcite and aragonite.
Sediment or a sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of organic or inorganic carbon from an aqueous solution of carbonates of calcium, magnesium, or iron. Limestone is a carbonate rock.
To add carbon dioxide to a substance, such as a beverage.
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