Definition of carbide in English:


Syllabification: car·bide
Pronunciation: /ˈkärˌbīd


  • 1A binary compound of carbon with an element of lower or comparable electronegativity.
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    • Borides, carbides, oxides, and nonmetallic particles in the melt are scavenged and then concentrated in localized regions within the cast structure.
    • Titanium can reduce carbon in austenite by forming very stable carbides.
    • How stable the carbides are depends on how the element is partitioned between the cementite and the matrix.
  • 1.1Calcium carbide (CaC2), used to generate acetylene by reaction with water and formerly used in portable lamps: [as modifier]: a carbide lamp
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    • There was a narrow track from the road down to the farm and in the dark with only carbide lamps on the fire engine they went off the track and got stuck.
    • The store stocks candles, flashlights, carbide and hurricane lamps, solar-powered attic fans and much more.
    • By now our carbide lamps were providing only a pathetically small amount of illumination.

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