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to char (organic matter) until it forms carbon.
to coat or enrich with carbon.
to become carbonized.
Historical Examples

The material began to carbonize at a temperature of 140° to 150°.
Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) William Anderson Syme

To carbonize wood under a movable covering, the plan of meiler, or heaps, is employed very much in Germany.
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure

When the dust thus produced begins to carbonize, the pressure and velocity are increased.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883 Various

He began to carbonize everything in nature that he could lay hands on.
Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

Just the right mixture will neither burn nor carbonize and is said to be a “neutral” flame.
Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting Harold P. Manly

Empyreuma, the smell arising from organic matter when subjected to the action of fire, but not enough to carbonize it entirely.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

to turn or be turned into carbon as a result of heating, fossilization, chemical treatment, etc
(transitive) to enrich or coat (a substance) with carbon
(intransitive) to react or unite with carbon


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