[kahr-bahyd, -bid]
a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, especially tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.

1860–65; carb- + -ide Unabridged
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carbide (ˈkɑːbaɪd)
1.  See also acetylide a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element
2.  See calcium carbide

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carbide   (kär'bīd')  Pronunciation Key 
A chemical compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, such as calcium or tungsten. Many carbides, especially those made of carbon and a metal, are very hard and are used to make cutting tools and abrasives.
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Example sentences
By the glow of a small carbide lamp one could distinguish a dozen human figures gathered around three or four tables.
Carbide explained their refusal on the expense that such a move would incur.
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