carburize

[ kahr-buh-rahyz, -byuh- ]
/ ˈkɑr bəˌraɪz, -byə- /
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verb (used with object), car·bu·rized, car·bu·riz·ing.

to cause to unite with carbon.

Nearby words

  1. carburet,
  2. carburetant,
  3. carburetion,
  4. carburetor,
  5. carburettor,
  6. carby,
  7. carbylamine,
  8. carcajou,
  9. carcanet,
  10. carcas

Also especially British, car·bu·rise.

Origin of carburize

First recorded in 1880–90; carbur(et) + -ize

Related formscar·bu·ri·za·tion, nouncar·bu·riz·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for carburize

  • Bessemer's next difficulty was to carburize his pure iron, and thus to make it into steel.

    Stories of Invention|Edward E. Hale


British Dictionary definitions for carburize

carburize

carburise

/ (ˈkɑːbjʊˌraɪz, -bə-) /

verb

(tr) to increase the carbon content of (the surface of a low-carbon steel) so that the surface can be hardened by heat treatment
Derived Formscarburization or carburisation, noun

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