carbon

noun, often attributive
car·​bon | \ˈkär-bən \

Definition of carbon 

1 : a nonmetallic chiefly tetravalent element found native (as in diamond and graphite) or as a constituent of coal, petroleum, and asphalt, of limestone and other carbonates, and of organic compounds or obtained artificially in varying degrees of purity especially as carbon black, lampblack, activated carbon, charcoal, and coke — see Chemical Elements Table

2 : a carbon rod used in an arc lamp

3a : a sheet of carbon paper

b : carbon copy

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Examples of carbon in a Sentence

a carbon of the document this new digital camera is a carbon of a well-known model costing almost twice as much

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This will require machines that scrub carbon dioxide out of the air as well as biofuels coupled with carbon capture and sequestration. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A major climate report will slam the door on wishful thinking," 5 Oct. 2018 This will be Climeworks' third carbon-capture plant. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Company that sucks CO2 from air announces a new methane-producing plant," 4 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere, work was under way to outfit a Volvo truck with the technology as well as onboard carbon capture, another idea Aramco is working on. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Oil, Utilities Fight to Fuel Vehicles of the Future," 15 July 2018 The company, which aims to reduce travel times by operating carbon-fiber pods through nearly airless tubes at close-to supersonic speeds, has demonstrated its technology at its test site in Nevada. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 Lightweight carbon-fiber heating elements are concealed behind the pockets and back and powered by a battery that can go a week of 40-minute round-trip commutes between charges. Mark Ellwood, WSJ, "This Jacket Fights the Cold With AI," 26 Oct. 2018 The meek won’t inherit the Earth—cockroaches and carbon-fiber truck beds will. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 GMC Sierra: The Truck That Tried to Reinvent the Tailgate," 27 Aug. 2018 The Kid Runner includes quick-release wheels for easy storage, an adjustable-length, carbon-fiber linkage to dampen shock, and an attachable dog leash. Roy M. Wallack, latimes.com, "Summer is calling: Fitness gear to get you outdoors – and moving," 5 July 2018 Underneath, the performer wears a full-body wicking suit, a carbon-fiber head mount held in place by a soft urethane skin, knee and elbow pads, biking gloves, and a mouth guard. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "The Secret Life of Sven," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of carbon

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carbon

French carbone, from Latin carbon-, carbo ember, charcoal

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carbon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carbon

: a chemical element that forms diamonds and coal and that is found in petroleum and in all living plants and animals

carbon

noun
car·​bon | \ˈkär-bən \

Kids Definition of carbon

: a chemical element occurring as diamond and graphite, in coal and petroleum, and in plant and animal bodies

carbon

noun, often attributive
car·​bon | \ˈkär-bən \

Medical Definition of carbon 

: a nonmetallic element found native (as in diamonds and graphite) or as a constituent of coal, petroleum, asphalt, limestone, and organic compounds or obtained artificially (as in activated charcoal) symbol C — see Chemical Elements Table

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