graph·​ite | \ ˈgra-ˌfīt How to pronounce graphite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce graphitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of graphite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The T&N Original Mattress is a foam mattress that features two layers of high quality, open-cell foam with graphite and cooling gel. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Take 10% off Tuft & Needle’s bedding, mattresses and more at the Sweet Dreams sale," 8 Oct. 2020 Even a budget ice fishing rod is usually a fiberglass and graphite composite. Bob Beacham,, "The best ice fishing rod," 17 Oct. 2020 The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models are available in gold, silver, blue and graphite. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "iPhone 12: How to pre-order and buy Apple’s new phone," 16 Oct. 2020 Thousands of graphite rocks installed by Fernandez swarm across the walls of the gallery. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "'Excited to get out': Visitors eagerly return to Phoenix Art Museum after COVID-19 closure," 15 Oct. 2020 Its location combines unlikely cool-climate elegance and savory, earthy character with mountain tannin and graphite-like structure., "Four wineries for amazing views, Cabernet on Mount Veeder," 13 Oct. 2020 The foam is more advanced than outdated materials such as latex and memory foam, and the T&N Adaptive foam helps pull away heat with cooling graphite and gel beads, wrapped in a breathable plush cover to help keep you cool and comfortable. Mark Heim |, al, "Amazon Prime Day 2020: Mattresses going fast at discounted prices," 13 Oct. 2020 Tesla is now one of several manufacturers producing silicon-rich anodes, which are meant to supplant the more common graphite anodes used in lithium-ion batteries today. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?," 22 Sep. 2020 This particular model also uses infusions of graphite which help to keep you cool throughout the night. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Mattress Toppers to Save Your Back and Your Bed," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Graphite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of graphite

: a shiny black substance that is used in pencils


graph·​ite | \ ˈgra-ˌfīt How to pronounce graphite (audio) \

Kids Definition of graphite

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


graph·​ite | \ ˈgraf-ˌīt How to pronounce graphite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce graphitic (audio) \ adjective

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