bituminous coal


: a coal that when heated yields considerable volatile bituminous matter

called also soft coal

Examples of bituminous coal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This carbon material, which is made from various sources such as bituminous coal, coconut shells, petroleum coke, wood, and peat, is placed into a cylindrical filter tank. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2023 West Virginia has bituminous coal. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2010 Neece stops at about 1,000 feet above the hollow to look at what is left of his mountain, where a coal mining company walked away and left sheer cliffs, exposed and dangerous, after miners gouged the black bituminous coal from the mountainside with huge earth-moving machines. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2022 The culprit was quickly determined to be tiny particles of soot from the soft, bituminous coal that was powering the growing Rust Belt factory boom, and science moved on. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2017 Canada’s export to China of commodities like bituminous coal and its purchase of Chinese electronics are underpinned by significant Chinese immigration to Canada, including from Hong Kong. James T. Areddy and Paul Vieira, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Brown coal, or lignite, is sedimentary rock that is less compressed than typical bituminous coal. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 In 2018, mining of bituminous coal in Germany was shut down for good. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 Flight 93 went down on the barren site of an old strip mine, where generations of laborers had extracted bituminous coal. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bituminous coal was in 1827

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“Bituminous coal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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bituminous coal

bi·​tu·​mi·​nous coal
: a coal that when heated yields considerable matter that escapes as gases

called also soft coal

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