car·​bu·​rize ˈkär-bə-ˌrīz How to pronounce carburize (audio)
carburized; carburizing

transitive verb

: to combine or impregnate (a metal) with carbon
carburization noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Good knife metal needs to be carburized with a carbon-rich material, quenched in liquid while still red hot, and married with a handle that's more comfortable to hold than raw metal is. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2017

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Word History


obsolete carburet carbide

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carburize was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Carburize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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