an·​thra·​cite | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt How to pronounce anthracite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce anthracitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anthracite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coal-mining town of Centralia, once home to 2,700 people, was built in the 1850s after a rich deposit of anthracite coal was discovered. Fox News, "5 American ghost towns abandoned to time," 18 Feb. 2020 Forge Fuel: Penn Keystone Coal sells clean-burning bituminous and anthracite blacksmith's coal in 50-pound bags protected by a cardboard box. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Forge and Start Hammering Metal," 2 Jan. 2020 Coal is classified into four categories—anthracite, bituminous, sub-bituminous, and lignite–depending on its carbon content. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Fossil fuels, explained," 2 Apr. 2019 Midnight Monochrome Go bold with an all-black aesthetic via the KUNGSBACKA doors in anthracite, the BOSJÖN faucet, the HÄLLVIKEN quartz composite sink quartz composite sink, and the SÄLJAN black marble effect countertops. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Designed by Montreal studio Thellend Fortin Architects, the Long Horizontals house is conceived as a series of boxy volumes that form grayscale Tetris blocks made of glass and anthracite gray wood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Super modern ski chalet is a wintertime dream," 29 Nov. 2018 According to the press release, the CUVolution is a bright orange camper trimmed in a matte anthracite color created to look like carbon fiber. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper vans get a race car makeover," 17 Aug. 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of anthracite

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthracite

borrowed from French, borrowed from Greek anthrakītid-, anthrakîtis "a kind of coal," from anthrak-, ánthrax "charcoal, coal" + -ītid-, -ītis, feminine noun suffix of appurtenance — more at anthrax

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“Anthracite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anthracite

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


an·​thra·​cite | \ ˈan-thrə-ˌsīt How to pronounce anthracite (audio) \

Kids Definition of anthracite

: a hard glossy coal that burns without much smoke

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