Definition of carbonize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkärbəˌnīz/


[with object]
1Convert into carbon, typically by heating or burning, or during fossilization: the steak was carbonized on the outside
More example sentences
  • If you don't stir it, the porridge on the base of the pan will reach the high temperature of the hot plate and carbonise - ie burn!
  • When drilling a deep hole in timber, periodically clean the waste out of the flutes, otherwise it will carbonise, overheat the bit and burn the timber.
  • Ultraviolet radiation penetrates the coating and carbonizes the oils in the wood, causing the wood to darken beneath the varnish.
1.1 (usually as adjective carbonized) Coat with carbon.
Example sentences
  • The Japanese were particularly skilled at carbonizing the edge to make it extremely tough.
  • Carbon paper is thin tissue, which has been carbonized (carbon coated) with a hot melt application of a waxy base and pigment, usually black or blue.
  • The carbonized fibers are then "activated" through oxidation of a part of the carbon and the resulting formation of a highly porous structure.



Pronunciation: /ˌkärb(ə)nəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌkärbəˌnīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The exterior walls of some historic buildings haven't been washed for several decades while the effects of corrosion and carbonization have taken their toll.
  • Perhaps even stranger, ARS researchers have found that ordinary poultry manure, when converted by carbonization into granules and powders, can mop up pollutants in water.
  • Without a strict control of hydrocarbons and water, mirror degradation as a result of carbonization, oxidation, or etching will occur.

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Syllabification: car·bon·ize

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