noun \ˈkär-ˌbīd\

Definition of CARBIDE

:  a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element; especially :  calcium carbide
:  a very hard material made of carbon and one or more heavy metals

Origin of CARBIDE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1865


noun \ˈkär-ˌbīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARBIDE

: a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inorganic compound, any of a class of chemical compounds in which carbon is combined with a metal or semimetallic element. The nature of the second element (its position in the periodic table) determines the carbide's type of bonding and its properties. Calcium carbide is useful as a source of acetylene. Carbides of tungsten, silicon (see Carborundum), and boron, called refractory carbides, are extremely hard, remain stable when heated, and have a high melting point and chemical resistance. They are used as abrasives and in cutting tools, as furnace linings, and in other high-temperature applications. Iron carbide (cementite) is an important constituent of steel and cast iron.


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