graphite

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German Graphit (A.G. Werner 1789), from Ancient Greek γράφω(gráphō, I write).

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Noun[edit]

graphite ‎(uncountable)

  1. An allotrope of carbon, consisting of planes of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal arrays with the planes stacked loosely, that is used as a dry lubricant and in "lead" pencils.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 4, in Well Tackled![1]:
      Technical terms like ferrite, perlite, graphite, and hardenite were bandied to and fro, and when Paget glibly brought out such a rare exotic as ferro-molybdenum, Benson forgot that he was a master ship-builder, […]
  2. Short for graphite-reinforced plastic, a composite plastic made with graphite fibers noted for light weight strength and stiffness.
    Modern tennis racquets are made of graphite, fibreglass and other man-made materials.
  3. A grey colour.

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External links[edit]

  • graphite Barthelmy, David (accessed 29 August 2016) Webmineral Mineralogy Database[2]
  • graphite mindat.org[3], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, accessed 29 August 2016

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Noun[edit]

graphite m ‎(plural graphites)

  1. graphite (form of carbon)