transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
to change into steel
Origin of acierateFrench acier, steel from Late Latin aciarium from Classical Latin acies, sharpness from acer, sharp from Indo-European base an unverified form a?- (see acid) + -ate
(third-person singular simple present acierates, present participle acierating, simple past and past participle acierated)
- To convert iron into steel, or to coat with a layer of steel by converting only the surface of the iron.
- The success of an attempt to acierate iron will depend on the amount of nitrogen contained by the iron during carburation.
- As an economy measure, the manufacturer decided to use iron rather than steel, but to acierate the surface to limit oxidation.
French aciérage, from acier (“steel”).