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carbonize

[kahr-buh-nahyz] /ˈkɑr bəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), carbonized, carbonizing.
1.
to char (organic matter) until it forms carbon.
2.
to coat or enrich with carbon.
verb (used without object), carbonized, carbonizing.
3.
to become carbonized.
Also, especially British, carbonise.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; carbon + -ize
Related forms
carbonizable, adjective
carbonizer, noun
uncarbonized, adjective
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Examples from the web for carbonize
  • The flow was hot enough to sear and carbonize the entire trunk and those limbs that were engulfed by the flow.
  • Sufficient doses of gamma radiation can carbonize organic compounds, leaving no trace of the parent compound.
  • Ores high in organics may be roasted to carbonize and oxidize these and prevent clogging of hydrometallurgical processes.
British Dictionary definitions for carbonize

carbonize

/ˈkɑːbəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to turn or be turned into carbon as a result of heating, fossilization, chemical treatment, etc
2.
(transitive) to enrich or coat (a substance) with carbon
3.
(intransitive) to react or unite with carbon
Also (for senses 2, 3) carburize
Derived Forms
carbonization, carbonisation, noun
carbonizer, carboniser, noun
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