carbonate

noun
car·​bon·​ate | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce carbonate (audio) , -nət \

Definition of carbonate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of carbonic acid

carbonate

verb
car·​bon·​ate | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce carbonate (audio) \
carbonated; carbonating

Definition of carbonate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to convert into a carbonate
2 : to combine or infuse with carbon dioxide carbonated beverages

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Verb

carbonation \ ˌkär-​bə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce carbonation (audio) \ noun

Examples of carbonate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the carbon mixes into the ocean, chemical reactions in the water column produce more hydrogen ions and fewer carbonate ions, lowering pH levels and increasing acidity. oregonlive, "Ocean acidification is impacting Dungeness crabs, Oregon’s most-valuable fishery, study shows," 24 Jan. 2020 About one-quarter of the rocks in Taroko are carbonates. Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, "A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate," 20 Nov. 2019 These carbonate minerals form naturally in the ore left over after diamonds are removed; De Beers is working with scientists to look at ways to form them more quickly in order to offset emissions. Micaela Erlanger, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hollywood Stylist Traveled to Africa to See How Diamonds Are Recovered Firsthand," 12 Dec. 2019 Experiments pumping carbon-rich fluids into the ophiolite rock formation show that carbonate minerals form very rapidly. National Geographic, "Earth's rocks can absorb a shocking amount of carbon: here’s how," 24 Oct. 2019 The idea here is that many photosynthetic plankton with calcium-carbonate shells went extinct. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "End-Cretaceous mass extinction saw big swings in ocean pH," 24 Oct. 2019 The roaster with Han Solo frozen in carbonate on the lid is a personal favorite among PEOPLE Food editors. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Le Creuset Releases Star Wars Line with a Pan Replica of Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite," 4 Oct. 2019 The change in the ocean's pH makes carbonate ions less abundant. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Fish are in trouble with the climate crisis, IPCC report finds," 25 Sep. 2019 Eggshells have minerals that contain carbonate which is also present in the bone. Michelle A. Nguyen, The Conversation, "Reimagining eggshells and other everyday items to grow human tissues and organs," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb SodaStream, an at-home gadget that can carbonate tap water, exploded in popularity early this decade. James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times, "Now that White Claw summer is over, will hard seltzer’s popularity go splat?," 20 Oct. 2019 Conrad Seidl—a Vienna beer expert—says the Nussdorfer Brewery was best known for St. Thomas Bräu, a Bavarian-style dark lager that was mildly carbonated and slightly sweet. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Vienna, a Villa Built for a Brewing Bigwig," 10 July 2019 If the brewery force carbonated it by adding carbon dioxide like most packaged or tap beers, the likelihood of cans exploding because of the extra sugar content continuing to ferment was high. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "First Foeder-fermented beer from BlackStack is a winner," 5 Nov. 2019 This brand, which offers 100% natural water from Austria, is non-carbonated and made with aluminum cans, which help keep drinks cooler, and they're made with recyclable material. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals you can get this Tuesday," 23 July 2019 Their patience paid off, and this very special, very delicious (and softly carbonated) beer is available in retail outlets and in the taproom as of Friday, Nov. 1. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "First Foeder-fermented beer from BlackStack is a winner," 5 Nov. 2019 In the United States, Anheuser-Busch InBev lost out on booming demand for hard seltzer, or carbonated alcoholic drinks that come in cans. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Budweiser brewer hit by slumping sales in China," 25 Oct. 2019 In 1994, Richard Heinichen began bottling and carbonating the rainwater that collected in tanks outside his home in Dripping Springs, Tex. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "The Seltzer Bubble," 13 July 2019 PepsiCo last year bought SodaStream—a maker of countertop machines that carbonate tap water—in a $3.2 billion deal. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Want to Sell You Bottled Water Without the Bottle," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of carbonate

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carbonate was in 1788

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6 Feb 2020

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“Carbonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbonate. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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carbonate

verb
car·​bon·​ate | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce carbonate (audio) \
carbonated; carbonating

Kids Definition of carbonate

: to fill with carbon dioxide which escapes in the form of bubbles a carbonated soft drink

carbonate

noun
car·​bon·​ate | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət How to pronounce carbonate (audio) \

Medical Definition of carbonate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of carbonic acid

carbonate

transitive verb
car·​bon·​ate | \ -ˌnāt How to pronounce carbonate (audio) \
carbonated; carbonating

Medical Definition of carbonate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to convert into a carbonate
2 : to impregnate with carbon dioxide

Other Words from carbonate

carbonation \ ˌkär-​bə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce carbonation (audio) \ noun

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