mar·​tens·​ite | \ ˈmär-tᵊn-ˌzīt How to pronounce martensite (audio) \

Definition of martensite

: the hard constituent that is the chief component of quenched steel

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Other Words from martensite

martensitic \ ˌmar-​tᵊn-​ˈzi-​tik How to pronounce martensitic (audio) , -​ˈsi-​ \ adjective
martensitically \ ˌmar-​tᵊn-​ˈzi-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce martensitically (audio) , -​ˈsi-​ \ adverb

Examples of martensite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The martensite produced microcracks, which eventually grew into brittle fractures. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "It Was Supposed to Be the Safest Building in the World. Then It Cracked.," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of martensite

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for martensite

Adolf Martens †1914 German metallurgist

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“Martensite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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