carburize

[ kahr-buh-rahyz, -byuh- ]
/ ˈkɑr bəˌraɪz, -byə- /

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

to cause to unite with carbon.

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Also especially British, car·bu·rise .

Origin of carburize

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

OTHER WORDS FROM carburize

car·bu·ri·za·tion, nouncar·bu·riz·er, noun
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Example sentences 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 forms of carburize

carburization or carburisation, noun
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