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Definitions of carbon

  1. an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a thin paper coated on one side with a dark waxy substance (often containing carbon); used to transfer characters from the original to an under sheet of paper Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a copy made with carbon paper Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A nonmetallic element occurring in nature as the diamond and as graphite, and in coal, charcoal, coke, etc., and all organic substances; anything made of carbon, as the rod of an arc lamp. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. An elementary substance, widely diffused, of which pure charcoal is an example. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Pure charcoal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A non metallic chemical element; pure charcoal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Pure charcoal, existing pure only in the diamond. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Carbonaceous. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for carbon

  1. And somehow at that moment there flashed through his mind the recollection of Ottilie von Dussel and the carbon in the pay- book, which had enabled her to escape with her notes. – With Haig on the Somme by D. H. Parry
  2. The atoms of carbon which compose the coal have a powerful affinity for the oxygen of the air. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
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