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An allotrope of carbon composed of any of various cagelike molecules that consist only of an even number of carbon atoms, are often spherical in shape, and are composed of hexagonal and pentagonal groups of atoms.

[After Richard Buckminster Fuller (from the resemblance of their configurations to his geodesic domes) + -ene.]


(Elements & Compounds) any of various carbon molecules with a polyhedral structure similar to that of buckminsterfullerene, such as C70, C76, and C84. See also buckminsterfullerene


(ˈfʊl əˌrin)
any of a class of large carbon molecules consisting of a roughly spherical shell.
[1985–90; after R. Buckminster Fuller]
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Noun1.fullerene - a form of carbon having a large molecule consisting of an empty cage of sixty or more carbon atoms
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
buckminsterfullerene, buckyball - a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene
carbon nanotube, nanotube - a fullerene molecule having a cylindrical or toroidal shape
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
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A patrol team of the elite C-60 commandos of the Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) overcame"the brutal firepower"of the Maoists in the deep jungles and eliminated seven of the attackers in what was billed as one of the biggest successes in recent times.
That suggested the curvature was important: C-60, being a sphere, has the highest possible curvature among carbon materials.
The slain security personnel reportedly belong to the specialized C-60 anti-Naxal operations force of Maharashtra and the blast occurred when their vehicle was moving along the Murmuri-Chamuri axis of the district.
New Delhi -- At least seven Indian police personnel were killed and five others injured, two of them gravely, when the armed activists of CPI (Maoist) attacked a police van of C-60, an elite anti-Maoist squad, near Murmuri village in Indian state of Maharashtra on Sunday morning.
The current formulation includes a grist of North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, Chocolate, C-60, Brown Malt; with Magnum hops for bittering and Nugget hops for flavoring.
As the commandoes were combing the forests, the insurgents triggered a landmine blast resulting in killing of three police commandoes, police said, adding, the dead belonged to the C-60 Commando Force.
Bill C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures was read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance for study on May 7.
La motion precisait aussi que les amendements proposes par les autres comites ou les deputes independants seraient << reputes etre proposes au cours de l'etude article par article du projet de loi C-60 >>.
The climax of this CBC reformation is to be found in provisions in the Tory's omnibus budget Bill C-60, which allows for direct government involvement in negotiations between employees and Crown Corporations like the CBC.
The C-60 battalion of Gadchiroli district police was fired upon by a group of ultras and the police retaliated, police said, quoting preliminary reports reaching the district headquarters.
6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD; AMD C-Series processor C-60 (1 GHz); 2 GB DDR3 RAM; 320 GB HDD; ATI Radeon HD 6290 graphics; 3 x USB 2.