car·​bon·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌkär-bə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce carbonization (audio) \

Definition of carbonization

: the process of carbonizing especially : destructive distillation

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The carbonization of the wood comes from slowly choking the logs at a constant temperature, keeping most of the oxygen out. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 The ash covering each square is from the carbonization of bones used at Blue Hill for making stock. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Farm to Cheese Board," 2 July 2018 The main crux of her research, however, was the changes that plant tissue underwent during the carbonization process in which plant matter becomes coal. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of carbonization

1799, in the meaning defined above

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