Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • early type of stainless (corrosion resistant) steel. Was it allegorically well-named after Jane Austen who was renown for her steadfastness and staying power? No matter. She is a pearl(ite?(light?))in her own write.

    January 18, 2011