Meaning of “carbonize” in the English Dictionary

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"carbonize" in British English

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carbonizeverb [ I or T ]

specialized UK usually carbonise uk /ˈkɑː.bən.aɪz/ us /ˈkɑːr.bən.aɪz/

Examples from literature

  • A piece of cork placed near the end of the platinum tube, where the gas is evolved, immediately carbonizes and inflames. 
  • He examined this, and then gave it to one of his assistants, telling him to cut it up and get out of it all the filaments he could, carbonize them, put them into lamps, and try them. 
  • It is a fan-shaped instrument to help deaf people, and is made of flexible carbonized rubber. 
  • Otherwise, the heat dries and carbonizes the wood. 
  • This cooling is rendered necessary, because without it the oil would be carbonized, and lubrication of the cylinder rendered impossible. 

(Definition of “carbonize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)