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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ By changing the amount of clay included when firing the graphite, pencils could be graded according to softness.
▪ Can smell the graphite salve, like the smell in a garage.
▪ For example, graphite only conducts electricity in the direction along its layers.
▪ Less fortunate caste members provided much of the labour for graphite mines.
▪ Non-metals tend to be insulators although, as we have seen, graphite is a conductor of electricity.
▪ Released from those conditions, diamonds will revert within minutes to the more pedestrian substance graphite.
▪ The graphite boom temporarily reduced the social and economic importance of subsistence agriculture in the Low Country.
▪ With a little research he found that a $ 400 graphite rod is not a requirement for success.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Graphite \Graph"ite\, n. [Gr. gra`fein to write: cf. F. graphite. See Graphic.] (Min.) Native carbon in hexagonal crystals, also foliated or granular massive, of black color and metallic luster, and so soft as to leave a trace on paper. It is used for pencils (improperly called lead pencils), for crucibles, and as a lubricator, etc. Often called plumbago or black lead.

Graphite battery (Elec.), a voltaic battery consisting of zinc and carbon in sulphuric acid, or other exciting liquid.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1796, from German Graphit "black lead," coined 1789 by German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1750-1817) from Greek graphein "write" (see -graphy) + mineral suffix -ite. So called because it was used in pencils. Related: Graphitic.


n. 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.


n. used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors [syn: black lead, plumbago]


Graphite , archaically referred to as plumbago, is a crystalline form of carbon, a semimetal, a native element mineral, and one of the allotropes of carbon. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon under standard conditions. Therefore, it is used in thermochemistry as the standard state for defining the heat of formation of carbon compounds. Graphite may be considered the highest grade of coal, just above anthracite and alternatively called meta-anthracite, although it is not normally used as fuel because it is difficult to ignite.

Graphite (SIL)

Graphite is a programmable Unicode-compliant smart-font technology and rendering system developed by SIL International. It is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License and the Common Public License.

Graphite (disambiguation)

Graphite is one of the allotropes of carbon.

Graphite may also refer to:

  • Graphite (album), an album by Closterkeller
  • Graphite Capital, a financial services company based in London
  • Graphite, Ontario, a community in Canada
  • Graphite (SIL), a font rendering system developed by SIL International
  • Graphite (software), an open source monitoring tool
  • Nuclear graphite, synthetic graphite used as a neutron moderator in nuclear reactors
Graphite (album)

Graphite is the sixth studio album by Polish gothic rock band Closterkeller. It was released on April 26, 1999 in Poland through Metal Mind Productions. The album was recorded at Q-Sound studio in March 1999. The cover art was created by Tomasz "Graal" Daniłowicz and fotos by Edward Wosk and Marcin Wegner. English version of album was released on March 12, 2003 in United States through Pitchfork Promotions.

Graphite is considered to be one of the most important albums in the history of Polish rock.

Graphite (software)

Graphite, a free open-source software (FOSS) tool, monitors and graphs the performance of computer systems. Graphite was developed by Orbitz and released as open source software in 2008.

Graphite collects, stores, and displays time-series data in real time.

The tool has three main components:

  1. carbon - a Twisted daemon that listens for time-series data
  2. whisper - a simple database library for storing time-series data (similar in design to RRD)
  3. graphite webapp - A Django webapp that renders graphs on-demand using Cairo

Graphite is used in production by companies such as, GitHub, Etsy and Electronic Arts.

Usage examples of "graphite".

I tried bort, and ballas, but carbonado was the best, especially with graphite added.

These chemists electrolyse either pure calcium chloride, or a mixture of this salt with fluorspar, in a graphite vessel which serves as the anode.

King Aydrian sat between the brothers, a hematite in one hand and a graphite in the other.

Shreave was making a sales visit to an elderly Arlington woman when he inserted a graphite orthotic device in one of his own shoes.

According to the lawsuit, Shreave was making a sales visit to an elderly Arlington woman when he inserted a graphite orthotic device in one of his own shoes.

Larson Sands had been eyeing the graphite railing through the floor-to-ceiling plastic window and thinking how easy it would be to end his problems forever.

It was long and made of some material which was at once rubbery yet semimetallic like graphite.

Ink and graphite, in different sizes, the angles and directions of the curves variant, and here were spirals off spirals in intricate series.

Retort coal, that is to say, the hard graphite which is found in the retorts of gas manufactories, after the coal has been dehydrogenized, could have been obtained, but it would have been necessary to establish a special apparatus, involving great labor.

Then Avelyn and the remaining guard began selecting and collecting stones: the giant crystal amethyst, a rod of graphite, a small but potent ruby, and several others, including turquoise and amber, celestine and a tiger's paw, a chrysoberyl, or cat's eye, some gypsum and malachite, a sheet of chrysotile, and a piece of heavy magnetite.

A heap of crystallized buckyballs stack very much like pool balls, and are as soft as graphite.

Recently, she'd been playing softball, a Sunday pickup game in a nearby park, kind of a boys-meet-girls event, but many of the participants competed seriously, and she'd bought a black graphite bat last week, which was still propped in a corner a few feet from where she was now, in the living room.

When you consider that carbon-carbon composites made with graphite already demonstrate strength-to-weight ratios ten or more times better than steel, the structural potential of buckytubes becomes clear.

The ground-to-space "beanstalk" space-elevator system and the electromagnetic launcher discussed in the story are two of the most dramatic examples, but, like fiberglass and graphite epoxy composites, they would find their way into everything from aircraft to sports equipment.

This vacuum economised the graphite points between which the luminous arc was developed—an important point of economy for Captain Nemo, who could not easily have replaced them.