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

Examples of carbon black in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pigment concerns Studies have found that carbon black, the primary black pigment used in tattooing, can be contaminated with some of the same cancer-causing molecules found in car exhaust and cigarette smoke. John Swierk, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2024 During the day, the carbon black particles absorb sunlight and heat up quickly. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2023 Turning the excess heat into electricity The aerogel has produced freshwater, but what about the extra heat generated by the carbon black particles during desorption? Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2023 An open-source paper from 2015 looks at carbon black in polyurethane paint for radar absorption. David Hambling, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The largest and arguably most problematic user of carbon black is the tire industry, which buys carbon black in powder form to use as a filler alongside natural rubber and synthetic polymers. Alden Wicker, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 But carbon black also degrades the structural integrity of the cement. Macie Parker,, 22 Aug. 2023 Other stealth coatings used carbon black – fine particles of carbon, really the same as soot – to achieve the same effect. David Hambling, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The accessory comes in eight designs, including a basic carbon black hue, a black-and-white topographic Yellowstone pattern, a shopper-favorite watercolor world map print, and the celestial, starry sky depiction. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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