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 carbonate (audio) \ noun

Examples of carbonate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hydroxide ions react with CO2 at the cathode, forming carbonate, which precipitates out of solution as a solid. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Chemists close in on greener way to make plastics," 24 Feb. 2021 So that’s where most of the carbonate rocks dissolve, leaving a small depression. Alexandra Witze, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Some Geologists Say Charles Darwin’s Theory of Coral Atoll Formation Is Wrong," 3 Mar. 2021 If active hydrothermal vents are here, they’ll likely be marked by telltale spires of carbonate. James Nestor, Scientific American, "Life on the Rocks," 12 Feb. 2018 In this stable environment, the skeletons of dead marine creatures drifted to the seafloor and accumulated slowly and steadily into large formations of carbonate rock. Alexandra Witze, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Some Geologists Say Charles Darwin’s Theory of Coral Atoll Formation Is Wrong," 3 Mar. 2021 These polyps, in turn, spit out tiny particles called sclerites that slowly accumulate to form a mound from which the calcium-carbonate skeleton can grow. Autumn Spanne, The Atlantic, "The Mediterranean’s Red Gold Is Running Out," 24 Feb. 2021 Calcium carbonate is also fairly lightweight, so scientists might also be able to grow tougher panels for aircraft, or even skins for robots, Wang says. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria," 22 Feb. 2021 Calcium carbonate, which makes up the shells of marine organisms, covers more than half of the ocean floor. James Nestor, Scientific American, "Life on the Rocks," 12 Feb. 2018 Calcium carbonate – the main component of mussel shells, pearls, and the shells of many other marine organisms – is highly reactive with acid, so the shells should have dissolved completely. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Science on the half shell: Mussels yield new material," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sodium carbonate pretty much eliminates all emissions except those near the infrared. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Europa probably glows in the dark, and that may tell us what’s in it," 10 Nov. 2020 Instead of grabbing that CO2 to carbonate beer, tanks of CO2 are trucked in from across the country to meet brewers' needs. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Breweries are turning carbon dioxide into liquid gold," 21 Aug. 2020 In Jezero, clays called smectites could contain records of complex organic compounds, and carbonate deposits are strewn in the basin—exactly the type of rock that preserves the oldest signatures of life on Earth. National Geographic, "NASA's newest Mars rover begins its journey to hunt for alien life," 30 July 2020 Calcium supplements come in two forms: carbonate and citrate. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Should you take a dietary supplement to prevent disease?," 24 June 2020 This SodaStream model is powered by electricity to carbonate a bottle of H2O at the press of a button. Popular Science, "Home seltzer makers that’ll add sparkle to your life," 9 Oct. 2019 Try the purple cow: a white cake mix with a can of grape carbonated beverage. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Out of Butter, Eggs, Flour, Or Milk? Here's What You Can Bake Without Essential Ingredients," 1 Apr. 2020 Water Buyers in and around the nation's capital scooped up bottles and gallons of water from the shelves of supermarkets early, including specialty bottled waters that are flavored as well as carbonated. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Americans reveal spending priorities in supermarket and pharmacy purchases amid coronavirus pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Essentially, they are carbonated under pressure with carbon dioxide in large tanks. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Sparkling wine is cause for celebration. Here are 5 tips to help you drink it up.," 6 Dec. 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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30 Mar 2021

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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 carbonate (audio) \ noun

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