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 Police went to the home of one of the suspects and recovered the carbide. cleveland, 12 May 2022 Surveillance video showed two men stole the carbide, one of whom used a key card belonging to a current employee to enter the room. cleveland, 12 May 2022 Cork grips and neoprene wrist straps are easy on hands, even after miles of use, and the durable carbide tips will last years. Whitney Spivey, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 For starters, its titanium case is topped with a dense carbide coating to protect against abrasions, erosions, etc. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2022 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 , 7 Dec. 2021 Grout-cutting blades for oscillating tools come with either carbide or diamond grit and generally fit any brand of tool. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 For smaller jobs with ¼-inch or narrower grout joints, use a grout rake, which is a small hand tool that has a steel blade covered with super-sharp carbide grit. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 27 Jan. 2021 Manufactured in Germany, these bits contain a rock carbide tip that helps increase their lifespan. Allen Foster,, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of carbide

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carbide

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The first known use of carbide was circa 1865

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“Carbide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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