carbon fiber

noun

Definition of carbon fiber

: a very strong lightweight synthetic fiber made especially by carbonizing acrylic fiber at high temperatures also : a material made from such fibers embedded in a resinous matrix a high-performance automobile with a carbon fiber body

Examples of carbon fiber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Made of kevlar and carbon fiber, the helmets are an extension of the aircraft sensors and control system and one of the first to employ augmented reality in military equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Is Fixing a Serious, Six-Year-Old Bug in the F-35 Fighter Helmet," 30 Aug. 2018 All the cars today sport the Halo device—a metal and carbon fiber structure that should prevent flying debris from hitting drivers in the head (despite looking for all the world like that bit on a flip-flop that keeps it on your foot). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "ESPN is very sorry for the car wreck that was its first Formula 1 broadcast," 26 Mar. 2018 The Hungarian unit of Zoltek, known as Zoltek ZRT, is a large buyer of acrylonitrile, a key chemical component in carbon fiber. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Carbon-Fiber Firm to Pay $7.8 Million in Sanctions Settlement," 21 Dec. 2018 The base structure of the heat shield is a titanium truss covered with a composite substrate (or skin) that has several layers of carbon fiber. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon," 21 Aug. 2018 According to the press release, the CUVolution is a bright orange camper trimmed in a matte anthracite color created to look like carbon fiber. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper vans get a race car makeover," 17 Aug. 2018 Space News reports that Germany will instead produce turbo pumps for the upcoming Ariane 6 rocket and redirect its P120 funds toward technology-maturation work on a carbon fiber upper stage that could give Ariane 6 another 1,000kg of lift capacity. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceShipTwo soars, BFR engine advances, a self-eating booster," 1 June 2018 Amazingly, the carbon fiber monocoque of the vehicle stayed largely intact, and Thompson suffered only minor bumps and cuts. Fox News, "Shocking video surfaces of Valerie Thompson's 343 mph motorcycle crash," 23 Mar. 2018 Shown in a fetching livery of bare carbon fiber and red at the 2018 Geneva auto show, of course the Chiron Sport can be ordered in whatever interior and exterior colors customers desire. Erik Johnson, Car and Driver, "Bugatti Chiron Sport Is the Chiron Taken to New Extremes," 6 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carbon fiber.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carbon fiber

1960, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carbon fiber

Share carbon fiber

Statistics for carbon fiber

Last Updated

15 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carbon fiber

The first known use of carbon fiber was in 1960

See more words from the same year

Comments on carbon fiber

What made you want to look up carbon fiber? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!