calcium carbide

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calcium carbide

n.
A grayish-black crystalline compound, CaC2, obtained by heating pulverized limestone or quicklime with carbon and used to generate acetylene gas, as a dehydrating agent, and in the manufacture of graphite and hydrogen.

calcium carbide

n
(Elements & Compounds) a grey salt of calcium used in the production of acetylene (by its reaction with water) and calcium cyanamide. Formula: CaC2. Sometimes shortened to: carbide

cal′cium car′bide


n.
a grayish black powder, CaC2, used chiefly to generate acetylene by decomposing it in water.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.calcium carbide - a grey salt of calcium (CaC) used in making acetylene
binary compound - chemical compound composed of only two elements
carbide - a binary compound of carbon with a more electropositive element
Translations
carburo di calcio
炭化カルシウム