One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A binary compound of carbon with an element of lower or comparable electronegativity.‘tungsten carbide’‘a large number of carbides were noted’
- ‘Titanium can reduce carbon in austenite by forming very stable carbides.’
- ‘While nickel and copper do not affect hardenability nearly as much, they segregate to graphite nodule sites and do not form detrimental carbides.’
- ‘Borides, carbides, oxides, and nonmetallic particles in the melt are scavenged and then concentrated in localized regions within the cast structure.’
- ‘The structure is martensitic on cooling in air but the carbides can be precipitated and the steel softened by very slow cooling from 840°C.’
- ‘How stable the carbides are depends on how the element is partitioned between the cementite and the matrix.’
- 1.1mass noun Calcium carbide (CaC₂), used to generate acetylene by reaction with water and formerly used in portable lamps.as modifier ‘a carbide lamp’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Now that was the new technology and they were just starting to use electric lights to project the magic lanterns instead of the carbide lamps.’
- ‘The taste of fruit ripened using Ethyril gas in a ripening chamber is said to be much better than the fruit ripened with carbide.’
- ‘By now our carbide lamps were providing only a pathetically small amount of illumination.’
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