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carbon black

any of various finely divided forms of amorphous carbon prepared by the partial combustion of hydrocarbons, as of natural gas, or by charring wood, bones, or other plant or animal tissues: used in pigments, as reinforcing agents in the manufacture of rubber products, and as clarifying or filtering agents.
Origin of carbon black
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of course cotton sheeting in liquid oxygen is not quite as good an explosive as carbon-black, which they used down in the mine.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It is generally admitted that carbon-black forms the bulk of all these.

  • The spots are carbon-black and have none of the vermilion and purple colors that characterize the brook trout.

British Dictionary definitions for carbon-black

carbon black

a black finely divided form of amorphous carbon produced by incomplete combustion of natural gas or petroleum: used to reinforce rubber and in the manufacture of pigments and ink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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