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 Firefighters moved a half dozen butane tanks away from the house. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Commerce Township house explosion rocks neighborhood, sends 2 to hospital," 24 Sep. 2020 Hash oil — also known as honey oil, and often consumed in e-cigarettes and edible cannabis products such as cookies — is extracted from marijuana plants with the use of butane. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Butane hash oil lab sparks fire in Spring Valley," 1 Oct. 2020 Gas for cooking came from a tank of butane in the backyard. Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News, "More from Reckoning With Joppa," 23 Sep. 2020 Recently, David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant empire, was preparing a hot pot for his wife, Grace, and their son Hugo, 17 months, at their home in Los Angeles when the butane burner malfunctioned. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Chef David Chang Opens Up About Bipolar I Disorder in New Memoir: 'It Has Shaped Me In So Many Ways'," 26 Aug. 2020 This one from Thermacell is battery-powered and uses a butane cartridge that promises to keep a 15x15 foot area mosquito-free. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What You Should Know About Murder Hornets," 30 May 2020 Today, match light has flickered out in favor of the soulless flame of the butane lighter, but a simple stick of wood with a certain mix of chemicals in the head remains one of the most practical tools for starting fire. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Is the Best Match for Starting a Survival Fire?," 3 June 2020 Now, the pipeline and others laid along the same route carry highly volatile natural gas liquids — ethane, butane and propane — from western Pennsylvania’s drilling fields to the renovated refinery, much of it for export to Europe. Washington Post, "Pennsylvania’s gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry," 23 Oct. 2019 The business, Smoke Tokes, is reported to be a supplier for butane honey oil, the LAFD has said. NBC News, "Four firefighters remain in hospital after Los Angeles explosion," 19 May 2020

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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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The first known use of butane was in 1872

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17 Nov 2020

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“Butane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butane. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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