butane

noun
bu·​tane | \ ˈbyü-ˌtān How to pronounce butane (audio) \

Definition of butane

: either of two isomeric flammable gaseous alkanes C4H10 obtained usually from petroleum or natural gas and used as fuels

Examples of butane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s an early scene in Episode One which catches Diego for the first time at the market in Fiorito, a labyrinth of stalls with dainty sun-shades, barrels, butane containers and bottles. John Hopewell, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 Valisure found that products that contained butane were most likely to have elevated benzene levels. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Valisure found that products that contained butane were most likely to have elevated benzene levels. Anna Edney, ajc, 4 Nov. 2021 The loot includes an elegant gold snakes grinder, art-pop red lips ashtray, and a long gold butane lighter. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Police have since said that Sova had a knife and a butane lighter with a pistol-like handle in his hand, but no gun. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The process can be extremely dangerous because of the use of butane, a colorless and odorless gas that can cause a significant explosion from even the smallest spark, like the tiny shock of static electricity. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 Authorities on Monday said a butane honey oil lab caused an explosion and fire that injured two residents in a Fallbrook apartment Sunday afternoon. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Those in the legal cannabis industry say many of the stores on 3rd, Boyd and Wall streets supply butane and other items in bulk to unlicensed cannabis distributors. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of butane

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butane

International Scientific Vocabulary butyric + -ane

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18 Nov 2021

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“Butane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butane. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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butane

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butane

: a type of gas that is used in a liquid form as a fuel usually for cooking or heating

butane

noun
bu·​tane | \ ˈbyü-ˌtān How to pronounce butane (audio) \

Medical Definition of butane

: either of two isomeric flammable gaseous alkanes C4H10 obtained usually from petroleum or natural gas and used as fuels

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