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a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
calcium carbide.
a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, especially tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.
Historical Examples

In the United States carbide is made exclusively in the Horry furnace.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, July 1899 Various

Fig. 10 applies to the introduction of the carbide into the water.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 1082, September 26, 1896 Various

The results are stated in litres (at normal temperature and pressure) per kilogramme of carbide.
Acetylene, The Principles Of Its Generation And Use F. H. Leeds

The carbide falls into the generator, the bottom of which is open.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 1082, September 26, 1896 Various

Fairchild asked the question as the be-mustached visage of Harry came nearer to the carbide.
The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper

There, I meant to fill the carbide tank to-day, said Ned, but I forgot all about it.
The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young

Mauricheau-Beaupr has failed to find silica in the products of combustion of acetylene from carbide of varying degrees of purity.
Acetylene, The Principles Of Its Generation And Use F. H. Leeds

The carbide lays around this mesh on the inside of the cartridge.
Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army

Never recharge with carbide without first cleaning the generating chamber and completely refilling with clean water.
Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting Harold P. Manly

The product is probably a carbide of manganese, just as steel is a carbide of iron.
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element See also acetylide
See calcium 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.
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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