see also: Carbon
  • (America) enPR: kär'bən, IPA: /ˈkɑɹbən/


  1. (uncountable) The chemical element (symbol C) with an atomic number of 6. It can be found in pure form for example as graphite, a black, shiny and very soft material, or diamond, a colourless, transparent, crystalline solid and the hardest known material.
  2. (countable) An atom of this element, in reference to a molecule containing it.
    A methane molecule is made up of a single carbon with four hydrogens.
  3. (countable, informal) A sheet of carbon paper.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, page 51:
      He stepped back and opened his bag and took out a printed pad of D.O.A. forms and began to write over a carbon.
  4. (countable, informal) A carbon copy.
  5. A fossil fuel that is made of impure carbon such as coal or charcoal.
  6. (ecology, uncountable) Carbon dioxide, in the context of global warming and climate change.
  7. A carbon rod or pencil used in an arc lamp.
  8. A plate or piece of carbon used as one of the elements of a voltaic battery.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: papel-carbono
  • Russian: копи́рка
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carbon (carbons, present participle carboning; past and past participle carboned)

  1. (Internet, intransitive) To cause (someone) to receive a carbon copy of an email message.
    When I send it, I'll carbon Julia so she's aware.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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