pearlite

[ pur-lahyt ]
/ ˈpɜr laɪt /

noun

Metallurgy. a microscopic lamellar structure found in iron or steel, composed of alternating layers of ferrite and cementite.
Petrography. perlite.

Nearby words

  1. pearlash,
  2. pearler,
  3. pearlescent,
  4. pearleye,
  5. pearlfish,
  6. pearlitic,
  7. pearlized,
  8. pearls,
  9. pearls before swine, cast not,
  10. pearlstein

Origin of pearlite

First recorded in 1885–90; pearl1 + -ite1

Related formspearl·it·ic [pur-lit-ik] /pɜrˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pearlitic

pearlite

/ (ˈpɜːlaɪt) /

noun

the lamellar structure in carbon steels and some cast irons that consists of alternate plates of pure iron and iron carbide
a variant spelling of perlite
Derived Formspearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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