graphite

noun
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

Other Words from graphite

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

Examples of graphite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new Galaxy S21 Fan Edition 5G phone is priced at $699.99 and will be available on January 11 in white, lavender, graphite and olive green. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 4 Jan. 2022 Conventional lithium-ion batteries use graphite-dominant anodes, which have been one of the enabling technologies for current energy densities. James Morris, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Firm yet velvety tannins, red and black fruit (red plum, cassis, black cherry, raspberry), notes of anise, graphite and cedar, with bright acidity. Liz Thach, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 The team also found that the graphite likely changed the chemistry of the surrounding rocks to create favorable conditions for ruby growth. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021 The recycled net material has a unique graphite-y texture. Ari Schneider, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Metalloid nanoparticles like silicon replace the graphite in the cell’s anode. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Sep. 2021 Made of graphite-marked, shaped Mylar, the work’s individual spores are not scientific models, yet are strongly evocative. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Other colors including black, gold, graphite, silver and titanium can be had in the pricier stainless steel ($699-up) and titanium models ($799-up). Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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8 Jan 2022

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“Graphite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graphite. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for graphite

graphite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graphite

: a shiny black substance that is used in pencils

graphite

noun
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

graphite

noun
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

called also plumbago

Other Words from graphite

graphitic \ gra-​ˈfit-​ik How to pronounce graphite (audio) \ adjective

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