graphite

noun graph·ite \ ˈgra-ˌfīt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

graphitic

play \gra-ˈfi-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of graphite

German Graphit, from Greek graphein to write


GRAPHITE Defined for English Language Learners

graphite

noun

Definition of graphite for English Language Learners

  • : a shiny black substance that is used in pencils


GRAPHITE Defined for Kids

graphite

noun graph·ite \ ˈgra-ˌfīt \

Definition of graphite for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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 called also plumbago

graphitic

play \gra-ˈfit-ik\ adjective


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