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carbide

[kahr-bahyd, -bid] /ˈkɑr baɪd, -bɪd/
noun
1.
a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
3.
a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, especially tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; carb- + -ide
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  • These carbides are chemically quite inert, have metallic properties and are refractory.
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carbide

/ˈkɑːbaɪd/
noun
1.
a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element See also acetylide
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carbide

n.

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

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carbide
  (kär'bīd')   
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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