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carbon copy

1. A copy of a document that is made by placing a sheet of carbon paper under the original so that the print gets transferred from the original to the sheet of paper below it. Carbon copies are largely obsolete but are still used in some cases for receipts. Could you please make a carbon copy of that invoice? I need it for my records.
2. To include additional recipients on an email message that is intended for, or directed to, another person. Often abbreviated as "cc." Please carbon copy me on that email to Janice. I want her to know I am aware of the situation.
3. A person or thing that closely resembles someone or something else in looks or attributes. Even though they were born several years apart, Darren is a carbon copy of his brother. They have the same gait, mannerisms, and hairstyle.
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carbon copy

A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]
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a carbon copy

COMMON If one person or thing is a carbon copy of another, the two people or things are identical, or very similar. Hugh was a carbon copy of his father, Edward; both had the same blond hair and easy charm. The town, almost a carbon copy of Gualdo, is best known for its mineral waters. Note: A carbon copy of a document is an exact copy of it which is made using carbon paper.
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carbon copy

a person or thing identical or very similar to another.
The expression comes from the idea of an exact copy of written or typed material made by using carbon paper.
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a ˌcarbon ˈcopy

a person or thing that is exactly or extremely like another: The recent robberies in Leeds are a carbon copy of those that have occurred in Halifax over the last few months.
A carbon copy is a copy of a document, letter, etc. made by placing carbon paper (= thin paper with a dark substance on one side) between two sheets of paper.
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Because of its low cost, traditional carbon black is still the workhorse in conductive plastics.
Therefore, the LOI test is not only sensitive to live carbons, but also to dead forms of carbon within the sand.
By combining the power of two well-known reactions, chemists have devised a way to alter the length of carbon chains.
Carbon Black World 2000, a comprehensive update of strategic market and technical developments, sponsored by Intertech, will be held November 29 - December 1 at the La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, TX.
In its simplest form, a carbon nanotube is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon curved into a cylinder.
Chemists have quite successfully cooked up large quantities of fullerenes for three years now, but no one yet knows how these structures manage to emerge out of the hot carbon chaos.
Just the kind of peak led to the discovery of the buckyball, one of a class of cage-like carbon molecules called fullerenes that has riveted the chemistry, physics and materials science communities for almost two years (SN: 8/24/91, p.
In addition, the researchers suggest that the arrangements of carbon atoms in any starting material may determine how well the material promotes diamond growth.
It seems that 60 hydrogen atoms would not fit neatly onto the outside of the carbon sphere, but would instead strain the bonds between the carbons.
We've been overconfident for a long time about our knowledge of the carbon cycle.
Each carbon atom is actually held into the structure by three bonds to neighboring carbons and a fourth bond that is "shared" by each carbon.
They began by using a laser to break a carbon disk into particles each about 5 nm in diameter.
This event is said to provide a forum for producers, users, feedstock suppliers and providers of support equipment to engage in a comprehensive examination of the global carbon black industry.
Carbon sequestration is a third alternative to reduce GHG emissions.
Many scientists see sequestering carbon in biotic "sinks" such as forests and farmlands in the terrestrial biosphere as a win--win proposition for the environment--"a way to improve the atmosphere while doing things you ought to be doing anyway, like protecting natural resources and promoting sustainable development," says Gregg Marland, a research scientist and expert in carbon sequestration at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.