Definition of ferrite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈferīt/


1A ceramic compound consisting of a mixed oxide of iron and one or more other metals. Ferrite has ferrimagnetic properties and is used in high-frequency electrical components such as antennas.
Example sentences
  • He said that in this approach the core can be a highly magnetic material like iron or iron alloys, while the shell can be a mixed metal ferrite with tailored resistivity.
  • Some of the physical incidents in haunts, including interference with electrical equipment and movement of objects with ferrite components, may also be due to anomalous electromagnetic conditions.
  • The remainder enters into solid solution in the ferrite with the non-carbide forming elements nickel and silicon.
2 Metallurgy A form of pure iron with a body-centered cubic crystal structure, occurring in low-carbon steel.
Example sentences
  • Trip steels have a microstructure with retained austenite, ferrite and martensite.
  • The microstructure is thus converted to ferrite, and the excess carbon is deposited on the existing nodules.
  • They exhibit an austenitic matrix, although several grades also contain some ferrite.



Pronunciation: /fəˈritik/
(sense 2).
Example sentences
  • All of the ferritic types are considered weldable with the majority of the welding processes except for the free machining grade 430F, which contains high sulphur content.
  • In the cast stainless steels structures may be austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, or ferric-austenitic (duplex).
  • There is another important group of stainless steels which are essentially ferritic in structure.


Mid 19th century: from Latin ferrum 'iron' + -ite1.

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Syllabification: fer·rite

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