Definition of “carbon” - English Dictionary

“carbon” in British English

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carbonnoun

uk /ˈkɑː.bən/ us /ˈkɑːr.bən/

carbon noun (SUBSTANCE)

B2 symbol C [ U ] a chemical element that exists in its pure form as diamond or graphite, and is an important part of other substances such as coal and oil, as well as being contained in all plants and animals

Examples

  • They used carbon dating tests to authenticate the claim that the skeleton was 2 million years old.
  • New legislation aims to reduce carbon emissions.
  • The substance was identified as carbon.

carbon noun (DOCUMENT)

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

“carbon” in American English

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carbonnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑr·bən/

biology, chemistry a chemical element that is contained in all animals and plants, and that is an important part of other substances such as coal and oil, and exists in its pure form as diamonds and graphite

(Definition of “carbon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“carbon” in Business English

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carbonnoun

uk /ˈkɑːbən/ us

[ U ] NATURAL RESOURCES a chemical element (= simple chemical substance), which exists in all plants and animals, and is an important part of coal and oil. When carbon is burned it produces carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide:

All organic substances contain the element carbon.
Carbon exists in its pure form as diamond or graphite.
carbon atoms

[ U ] ENVIRONMENT used as a short form for carbon dioxide, especially when talking about the environment and climate change:

Car makers are already working hard on reducing carbon.
The plan would remove two billion tons of carbon a year from the atmosphere.

[ C ] WORKPLACE a carbon copy

(Definition of “carbon” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)