calcium carbide

noun

Definition of calcium carbide

: a usually dark gray crystalline compound CaC2 used especially for the generation of acetylene and for making calcium cyanamide

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The first of its kind, the vehicle is powered by a chemical reaction between water and calcium carbide. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Glider Is Powered by a Chemical Reaction—Not an Engine," 11 Sep. 2019 The incident occurred at Carbide Industries, a calcium carbide manufacturer in Lake Dreamland. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Man electrocuted Thursday in Louisville identified by coroner's office," 16 Feb. 2018 The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. at Carbide Industries, a manufacturer of calcium carbide in Lake Dreamland. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Worker dies after being electrocuted at west Louisville manufacturing plant," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of calcium carbide

1872, in the meaning defined above

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