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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graphitic \ gra-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce graphitic (audio) \ adjective

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Next year, a company called Sila Nanotechnologies is rolling out its new silicon anode batteries, which replace the graphite in today’s batteries with precisely engineered (and tiny) silicon particles. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Gadgets' Battery Life Could Be About to Get Much Better," 19 Oct. 2018 The book’s superb print quality on heavy bond helps highlight the many great details to be savored, especially in the watercolor animation backgrounds, graphite sketches, antique toys and vintage photos. John Canemaker, WSJ, "Book Review: Building a Better Mouse," 18 Jan. 2019 But for all their graphomania—hair-thin graphite on paper, or purple ink scribbled in journals—neither seemed to think much of it in life. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Gray Foy, a Master Precisionist Who Presided Over Legendary Salons, Gets a Turn in the Spotlight," 16 Nov. 2018 The pan, which is currently available in three colors: blue, a deep burgundy called grenadine, and graphite and brass. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best-Selling Staub Perfect Pan Is On Major Discount At Food52 Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019 Lightly chewy tannins gird the savory core of this wine, packed with olive, graphite and tobacco flavors. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: Fort Ross-Seaview and the anti-California Cabernets," 20 Apr. 2018 Write to Christopher Mims at Corrections & Amplifications Sila Nanotechnologies produces nanoparticles that contain silicon and other components, but don’t include graphite. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Battery Boost We’ve Been Waiting for Is Only a Few Years Out," 18 Mar. 2018 Artist Anamaria Morris will take a photo of your loved one and translate it into a graphite and gouache work. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The 10 Best Gift Ideas for Art Lovers," 16 Nov. 2018 Many, many layers of the material, when stacked, form graphite, the key component of your typical pencil lead. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 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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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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graphitic \ gra-​ˈfit-​ik How to pronounce graphitic (audio) \ adjective

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an act or instance of returning to life

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