[kahr-buh-rahyz, -byuh-]

verb (used with object), car·bu·rized, car·bu·riz·ing.

to cause to unite with carbon.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carburize

Historical Examples of 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




(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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