carbon black


: any of various colloidal black substances consisting wholly or principally of carbon obtained usually as soot and used especially in tires and as pigments

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But instead of burning it to make hydrogen and carbon dioxide, as the pollution-causing steam methane reforming process does, pyrolysis uses electricity to turn the gas into hydrogen and carbon black, a product that can be reused. Ed Ballard, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 According to the study, the two most common ink ingredients are carbon black and titanium dioxide, the latter as a white shade commonly used for mixing. Leah Froats, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2017 Continental Carbon makes carbon black, a powder that reinforces tires and is used in inks, plastics and other products. William Thornton |, al, 19 Dec. 2022 So, manufacturers have adjusted their formulas and now use enough carbon black to allow good static discharge. Ray Magliotti, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 There was a period, some 20 years or so ago, when manufacturers replaced carbon black, a very conductive material used to stiffen rubber tires, with a different stiffener called silica. Ray Magliotti, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 The carbon solidifies into a product called carbon black. Ed Ballard, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 But instead of burning gas to make hydrogen and carbon dioxide, the process uses electricity to generate heat in a reactor and turn methane into carbon black—a product that can be sold for uses such as making tire filler—and hydrogen. Ed Ballard, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Not to mention, the water- and splash-resistant earbuds come in five stylish colors: carbon black, electric blue, flare red, rose gold, and frost white. Lydia Mansel, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carbon black was in 1872

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“Carbon black.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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