graphite

noun
graph·​ite | \ˈgra-ˌfīt \

Definition of graphite 

1 : a soft black lustrous form of carbon that conducts electricity and is used in lead pencils and electrolytic anodes, as a lubricant, and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

2 : a composite material in which carbon fibers are the reinforcing material

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Other Words from graphite

graphitic \gra-​ˈfi-​tik \ adjective

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Wonho's makeup artist gave his smoldering eye makeup a glitzy twist with a twinkling shade of graphite shadow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 22 Apr. 2018 The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 22 Apr. 2018 After being freed, the sudden pressure drop could cause portions of diamond to convert to graphite. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Meteorite’s diamonds tell of Earth’s baby sister, which died young," 18 Apr. 2018 The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 22 Apr. 2018 The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 21 Apr. 2018 The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas. Joby Warrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 21 Apr. 2018 Here are confident drawings in charcoal, pastel, ink, graphite, pen, and watercolor. James Panero, WSJ, "‘Charles White: A Retrospective’ Review: Shimmering Black History Brought to Life," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of graphite

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for graphite

German Graphit, from Greek graphein to write

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The first known use of graphite was in 1796

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graphite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graphite

: a shiny black substance that is used in pencils

graphite

noun
graph·​ite | \ˈgra-ˌfīt \

Kids Definition of graphite

: a soft black carbon used in making lead pencils and as a lubricant

graphite

noun
graph·​ite | \ˈgraf-ˌīt \

Medical Definition of graphite 

: carbon of a soft black lustrous form that conducts electricity and is used in lead pencils and electrolytic anodes, as a lubricant, and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

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Other Words from graphite

graphitic \gra-​ˈfit-​ik \ adjective

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