carbon

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

Definition of carbon

  1. 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 element table

  2. 2 :  a carbon rod used in an arc lamp

  3. 3a :  a sheet of carbon paperb :  carbon copy

Examples of carbon in a sentence

  1. a carbon of the document

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

Origin and Etymology of carbon

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


First Known Use: 1788

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CARBON Defined for English Language Learners

carbon

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

Definition of carbon for English Language Learners

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


CARBON Defined for Kids

carbon

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noun car·bon \ˈkär-bən\

Definition of carbon for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

carbon

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

Medical Definition of carbon

  1. :  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 element table



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