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
graphiticplay \gra-ˈfi-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of graphite from the Web
The company has been shifting the cell chemistry of its latest packs to using more silicon rather than graphite, Musk said at the time.
San Diego-area artists can submit 2-dimensional artwork in mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, graphite and photography along with mixed media.
Young had removed his trunks a few miles from shore while negotiating a snarl of kelp, leaving him clad in only a coating of grease (for insulation) flecked with graphite (as shark repellent).
The 54th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, taking place Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, will celebrate artists working in colored pencil and graphite, including several in a special exhibit.
The shield, containing carbon materials similar to graphite epoxy used in golf clubs, had to be designed for both heat tolerance and durability.
In fact, before rubber, the original erasers for graphite pencils were moist bread crumbs.
NASA officials verified that the bag indeed contained moon dust, a dark-gray fine powder, like graphite, that one astronaut described as smelling like gunpowder.
Embedded in the thin fabric are bits of graphite the size and shape of pepper flakes.
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Origin and Etymology of graphite
German Graphit, from Greek graphein to write
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
GRAPHITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of graphite for English Language Learners
: a shiny black substance that is used in pencils
GRAPHITE Defined for Kids
Definition of graphite for Students
: a soft black carbon used in making lead pencils and as a lubricant
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
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