Meaning of carbide

car•bide

Pronunciation: (kär'bīd, -bid), [key]
— n.
  1. a compound of carbon with a more electropositive element or group.
  2. See
  3. a very hard mixture of sintered carbides of various heavy metals, esp. tungsten carbide, used for cutting edges and dies.
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