Definition of Pearlite

1. Noun. A lamellar mixture of cementite and ferrite formed during the cooling of austenite; a constituent of steel and cast iron.

Substance meronyms: Cast Iron, Steel
Terms within: Cementite, Iron Carbide, Ferrite
Specialized synonyms: Globular Pearlite, Granular Pearlite
Generic synonyms: Lamellar Mixture



Definition of Pearlite

1. n. A glassy volcanic rock of a grayish color and pearly luster, often having a spherulitic concretionary structure due to the curved cracks produced by contraction in cooling. See Illust. under Perlitic.

Definition of Pearlite

1. Noun. A two-phased lamellar structure composed of alternating layers of alpha ferrite and cementite that occurs in some steels and cast irons, having a pearlescent appearance. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pearlite

1. a cast-iron alloy [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pearlite

pearlescent
pearlesque
pearless
pearlfish
pearlfishes
pearlier
pearlies
pearliest
pearlike
pearlin
pearling
pearlings
pearlins
pearlised
pearlite (current term)
pearlites
pearlitic
pearlized
pearls
pearls of wisdom
pearlstone
pearlware
pearlweed
pearlwort
pearlworts
pearly
pearly-shelled mussel
pearly-white
pearly antshrike

Literary usage of Pearlite

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1. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"If the steel be now cooled rather rapidly, but still not so rapidly as to prevent the formation of pearlite, the excess ferrite will be found to be of a ..."

2. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"Fully laminated pearlite with completely segregated Fe3C. Tensile strength, 85000. ... Massive pearlite, consisting of coagulated ..."

3. The Metallography and Heat Treatment of Iron and Steel by Albert Sauveur (1918)
"Varieties of pearlite. — From the foregoing it will be evident that several varieties of pear lite are to be considered and that the physical properties of ..."

4. The Metallography of Steel and Cast Iron by Henry Marion Howe (1916)
"THE METALLOGRAPHY OF STEEL [§78 case of very low carbon steels, for their ready divorce decreases the apparent quantity of pearlite and increases the ..."

5. Iron, Steel, and Other Alloys by Henry Marion. Howe (1903)
"pearlite series. — Most of the steel of commerce is of the pearlite series; and of this probably at least 95 per cent is hypo- aeolic, 1". e., ..."

6. Iron, Steel, and Other Alloys by Henry Marion Howe (1906)
"pearlite series. — Most of the steel of commerce is of the pearlite series; and of this probably at least 95 per cent is hypo- eutectoid, ie, ..."

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