car·​bide | \ ˈkär-ˌbīd How to pronounce carbide (audio) \

Definition of carbide

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

Examples of carbide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manufactured in Germany, these bits contain a rock carbide tip that helps increase their lifespan. Allen Foster,, "The best masonry drill bit sets," 25 Feb. 2021 Schmidt is clearly still smarting from the rejection, so Cece gives him a Tungsten carbide bracelet to show her appreciation for his feelings. Ariana Romero,, "Cece & Schmidt Are New Girl’s Most Underrated Couple. The Holiday Episodes Are Proof," 21 Dec. 2020 Tungsten carbide bits have a ceramic tip bonded to the steel and are used for concrete, masonry, glass and tile. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in Your Next Drill Bit Set," 7 Dec. 2020 Compared to traditional heating, the microwave heating released over 10 times as much hydrogen from the plastic, leaving very little other than pure carbon and some iron carbide behind. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "If recycling plastics isn’t making sense, remake the plastics," 18 Oct. 2020 Metal cleats are durable and built for rugged terrain: They are made from stainless steel, aluminium, or carbide steel. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best ice cleat," 10 Oct. 2020 But the rest of the things—Czech lathe chucks and Swedish carbide inserts, Japanese reamers and German probe gauges, American micrometers and English punch sets—are for nobody in particular. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 This carbide-tip reciprocating saw blade is 50 times as durable as a standard metal blade, says Milwaukee, and can convert even steel pipe or cast-iron waste lines to scrap. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020 Both potassium and gamma alumina help ensure the molybdenum carbide can put its most available, reactive, and energy-efficient foot forward in the reaction to turn carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How Ships Could Produce an Unlimited Amount of Their Own Fuel," 17 July 2020

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First Known Use of carbide

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carbide was circa 1865

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1 Mar 2021

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“Carbide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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car·​bide | \ ˈkär-ˌbīd How to pronounce carbide (audio) \

Medical Definition of carbide

: a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element

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