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 element table
2 : a carbon rod used in an arc lamp
3a : a sheet of carbon paperb : carbon copy
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
Recent Examples of carbon from the Web
Carbon ceramic brakes will bring it to a rest in an amusement-park-ride manner.
Research and development at the Office of Fossil Energy — which oversees carbon capture development — would see a cut of $33 million, to $635 million, but would receive funding much higher than President Trump's request.
A person found dead inside a burning car parked at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle this week appears to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the DuPage County coroner's office said Friday.
Building such a jet will require Boeing to expand its carbon fiber composite manufacturing.
Dubbed the Retro ThinkPad Initiative, the laptop will have a black rubberized coating, as opposed to the slick carbon or plastic on most current models, Hill said.
If emissions of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide or methane aren't cut back, Louisville could experience 43 days of potentially deadly heat by 2050, just 33 years away.
Some pushed for carbon subsidies to help plug national shortcomings, while others warned such measures would undermine...
In addition to taking measures to reduce your own carbon footprint, Lukidis advises people who care about the environment to donate money, time or talent.
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Origin and Etymology of carbon
French carbone, from Latin carbon-, carbo ember, charcoal
First Known Use: 1788See Words from the same year
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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
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Definition of carbon for Students
: a chemical element occurring as diamond and graphite, in coal and petroleum, and in plant and animal bodies
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 element table
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