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
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There is also a version for the first-generation iPad which is a slightly different configuration with a cover (and only comes in graphite).
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Origin and Etymology of graphite
German Graphit, from Greek graphein to write
First Known Use: 1796
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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