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pearlite

[pur-lahyt] /ˈpɜr laɪt/
noun
1.
Metallurgy. a microscopic lamellar structure found in iron or steel, composed of alternating layers of ferrite and cementite.
2.
Petrography, perlite.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; pearl1 + -ite1
Related forms
pearlitic
[pur-lit-ik] /pɜrˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for pearlite
  • In addition, grain size and pearlite influences on tensile properties are discussed.
  • The microstructure of each heat consists of ferrite grains with intergranular pearlite.
  • The annulus is evacuated and filled with pearlite insulation.
British Dictionary definitions for pearlite

pearlite

/ˈpɜːlaɪt/
noun
1.
the lamellar structure in carbon steels and some cast irons that consists of alternate plates of pure iron and iron carbide
2.
a variant spelling of perlite
Derived Forms
pearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk) adjective

perlite

/ˈpɜːlaɪt/
noun
1.
a variety of obsidian consisting of masses of small pearly globules: used as a filler, insulator, and soil conditioner
Derived Forms
perlitic, pearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from perlepearl1
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