martensite definition by Webster's New World
a very hard, brittle, solid solution of iron and carbon or the carbide of iron, FeC, into which hot steel turns when suddenly chilled by cold water
Origin: after A. Martens (1850-1914), German metallurgist
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- martensitic adjective
martensite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A solid solution of iron and up to one percent of carbon, the chief constituent of hardened carbon tool steels.
Origin: After Adolf Martens (1850-1914), German metallurgist.
- marˌten·sitˈic adjective