carbide


carbide

noun

  1. a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
  2. calcium carbide.
  3. a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, especially tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.

noun

  1. a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive elementSee also acetylide
  2. See calcium carbide
n.

compound formed by combination of carbon and another element, 1848, from carb-, comb. form of carbon + chemical suffix -ide. The earlier word was carburet.

  1. A chemical compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, such as calcium or tungsten. Many carbides, especially those made of carbon and a metal, are very hard and are used to make cutting tools and abrasives.

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