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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A binary compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, especially calcium.
  • n. A hard material made of compacted binary compounds of carbon and heavy metals, used to make tools that cut metal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element


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