Graphite used in pencils.
Origin of graphiteGerman graphit ; from Classical Greek graphein, to write (see graphic): from its use as writing material
Origin of graphiteGreek graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots + –ite1.
- 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.
- Short for graphite-reinforced plastic, a composite plastic made with graphite fibers noted for light weight strength and stiffness.
- Modern tennis racquets are made of graphite, fibreglass and other man-made materials.
- A grey colour.
From German Graphit (A.G. Werner 1789), from Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō, “I write”).