Definition of carbonite in English:

carbonite

noun

  • 1Geology. A natural coke-like material, typically formed by the action of igneous intrusions on bituminous coal deposits. Now rare.

  • 2Chemistry. A salt or ester of an oxyacid in which carbon is divalent or supposedly so; specifically a salt of an anion CO₂ 2−. Also (in non-technical use): a basic carbonate (of lead, copper, etc.).

  • 3Science Fiction. (The name of) a carbon-based material in which a person can be cryogenically preserved.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Kirwan (1733–1812), chemist and mineralogist. From carbon + -ite.

Pronunciation

carbonite

/ˈkɑːbənʌɪt/