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[kahr-buh-ruhn-duh m]
  1. any of various abrasives or refractories of silicon carbide, fused alumina, and other materials.
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Examples from the Web for carborundum

Historical Examples of carborundum

  • Other materials on paper or cloth are also used, as carborundum, emery, and so on.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • The carborundum brick was selected on account of its hardness.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • This detector consists simply of a crystal of carborundum supported between two brass points.

  • I started out with school teaching, then I got hold of a good thing in the way of Carborundum and made grindstones.

  • Grind with emery or carborundum, as described under a previous head.

British Dictionary definitions for carborundum


  1. trademark
    1. any of various abrasive materials, esp one consisting of silicon carbide
    2. (as modifier)a Carborundum wheel
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Word Origin and History for carborundum



silicon carbide used as an abrasive, (reg. trademark U.S. June 21, 1892, by Carborundum Co. of Monongahela City, Pa.), from carbon + corundum.

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