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carbon US English

The chemical element of atomic number 6, a nonmetal that has two main forms (diamond and graphite) and that also occurs in impure form in charcoal, soot, and coal

carbon New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 6

C in carbon US English

The chemical element of atomic number 6, a nonmetal that has two main forms (diamond and graphite) and that also occurs in impure form in charcoal, soot, and coal

carbon-12 US English

The most common natural carbon isotope, of mass 12. It is the basis for the accepted scale of atomic mass units

carbon-14 US English

A long-lived naturally occurring radioactive carbon isotope of mass 14, used in carbon dating and as a tracer in biochemistry

carbon copy US English

A copy of written or typed material made with carbon paper

carbon-date US English

Determine the age or date of (organic matter) from the relative proportions of the carbon isotopes carbon-12 and carbon-14 that it contains

carbon debt US English

The imbalance between the carbon footprint of a particular country, group, person, etc., and any carbon offsetting that has been agreed or undertaken to counteract this

carbon sink US English

A forest, ocean, or other natural environment viewed in terms of its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

carbon tax US English

A tax on fossil fuels, especially those used by motor vehicles, intended to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide

zero-carbon US English

Causing or resulting in no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

carbon copy New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words; abbreviation cc or c.c.)

carbon black US English

A fine carbon powder used as a pigment, made by burning hydrocarbons in insufficient air

carbon credit US English

A permit that allows a country or organization to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions and that can be traded if the full allowance is not used

carbon cycle US English

The series of processes by which carbon compounds are interconverted in the environment, chiefly involving the incorporation of carbon dioxide into living tissue by photosynthesis and its return to the atmosphere through respiration, the decay of dead organisms, and the burning of fossil fuels

carbon dating US English

The determination of the age or date of organic matter from the relative proportions of the carbon isotopes carbon-12 and carbon-14 that it contains. The ratio between them changes as radioactive carbon-14 decays and is not replaced by exchange with the atmosphere

carbon fiber US English

A material consisting of thin, strong crystalline filaments of carbon, used as a strengthening material, especially in resins and ceramics

carbon paper US English

Thin paper coated with carbon or another pigmented substance, used for making copies of written or typed documents

carbon steel US English

Steel in which the main alloying element is carbon, and whose properties are chiefly dependent on the percentage of carbon present

carbon dioxide US English

A colorless, odorless gas produced by burning carbon and organic compounds and by respiration. It is naturally present in air (about 0.03 percent) and is absorbed by plants in photosynthesis

carbon fixation US English

The incorporation of carbon into organic compounds by living organisms, chiefly by photosynthesis in green plants

carbon monoxide US English

A colorless, odorless toxic flammable gas formed by incomplete combustion of carbon

carbon-neutral US English

Making no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, especially through offsetting emissions by planting trees

carbon process US English

A method of making photographic prints that uses a pigment, especially carbon, contained in a sensitized tissue of gelatin

carbon trading US English

Another term for emissions trading.

activated carbon US English

Charcoal that has been heated or otherwise treated to increase its adsorptive power

carbon disulfide US English

A colorless toxic flammable liquid used as a solvent, especially for rubber and sulfur, and in the manufacture of viscose rayon, cellophane, and carbon tetrachloride

carbon footprint US English

The amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.

carbon offsetting US English

The counteracting of carbon dioxide emissions with an equivalent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

carbon sequestration US English

A natural or artificial process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and held in solid or liquid form

carbon tetrachloride US English

A colorless toxic volatile liquid used as a solvent, especially for fats and oils

carbon capture and storage US English

The process of trapping carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels or any other chemical or biological process and storing it in such a way that it is unable to affect the atmosphere


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