from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A binary compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, especially calcium.
  • noun Any of various hard durable materials made of compacted binary compounds of carbon, especially those with silicon, boron, or a heavy metal, used as abrasives and in tools that cut metal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A compound of carbon with a metal. Formerly called carburet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A binary compound of carbon with some other element or radical, in which the carbon plays the part of a negative; -- formerly termed carburet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry Any binary compound of carbon and a more electropositive element
  • noun chemistry The polyatomic ion C22−, or any of its salts.
  • noun chemistry The monatomic ion C4−, or any of its salts.
  • noun chemistry A carbon-containing alloy or doping of a metal or semiconductor, such as steel.
  • noun chemistry Tungsten carbide.
  • noun cycling trivial name for calcium carbide (CaC2), used to produce acetylene in bicycle lamps in the early 1900s.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element


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