from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nonmagnetic solid solution of ferric carbide or carbon in iron, used in making corrosion-resistant steel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A solid solution or carbon or ferric carbide in iron that exists in steel at high temperatures
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a solid solution of ferric carbide or carbon in iron; -- it cools to form pearlite or martensite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A constituent of steel, obtained by quenching high carbon steel from a temperature of 1000° C. in a menstruum such as iced brine, which will produce very rapid cooling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solid solution of ferric carbide or carbon in iron; cools to form pearlite or martensite
After Sir William Chandler Roberts-Austen (1843-1902), British metallurgist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after William Roberts-Austen (1843-1902). (Wiktionary)