What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[kahr-bahyd, -bid] /ˈkɑr baɪd, -bɪd/
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.
Origin of carbide
1860-65; carb- + -ide Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for carbide
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for carbide


a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element See also acetylide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for carbide

compound formed by combination of carbon and another element, 1848, from carb-, comb. form of carbon + chemical suffix -ide. The earlier word was carburet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
carbide in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for carbide

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for carbide

Scrabble Words With Friends