air gas

noun

1
: a combustible gas made by charging air with the vapor of some volatile hydrocarbon mixture (as gasoline) and used for lighting and heating
2
: a producer gas consisting chiefly of carbon monoxide and nitrogen and made by blowing air into a producer

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of air gas was in 1863

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“Air gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20gas. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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