anthracite

noun
an·thra·cite | \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt \

Definition of anthracite 

: a hard natural coal of high luster differing from bituminous coal in containing little volatile matter and in burning very cleanly

called also hard coal

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anthracitic \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈsi-tik \ adjective

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And Wheelabrator, a cogeneration plant powered by waste coal from long-defunct anthracite mines, would lose a $700,000 contract to provide steam to heat the prison. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?," 7 June 2018 Its winches could send 800-pound bags of anthracite along cables. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Its winches could send 800-pound bags of anthracite along cables. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Its winches could send 800-pound bags of anthracite along cables. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Its winches could send 800-pound bags of anthracite along cables. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Go to Scranton, Pennsylvania, and ask about the collapse of the anthracite coal industry. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "Zinke's Plan to Fund the Park Service Is Pure Fantasy," 24 Mar. 2018 Its winches could send 800-pound bags of anthracite along cables. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 And in the first of Smil's personal energy transitions, heat came not from wood, but from coal—hard black anthracite from Kladno or dirty brown lignite from North Bohemia. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Meet Vaclav Smil, the man who has quietly shaped how the world thinks about energy," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of anthracite

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthracite

Greek anthrakitis, from anthrak-, anthrax coal

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anthracite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anthracite

: a hard type of coal that burns slowly without much smoke or flame

anthracite

noun
an·thra·cite | \ˈan-thrə-ˌsīt \

Kids Definition of anthracite

: a hard glossy coal that burns without much smoke

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