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

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The law exempts lighters and small containers of non-odorized butane used to refill them. Don Thompson, The Mercury News, "Ammo purchase slows after new California background check law starts," 2 July 2019 Natural gas liquids, such as propane and butane, are also separated off from the crude to be sold. David Sheppard, Los Angeles Times, "Attack on Saudi facility exposes world economy’s ‘Achilles heel’," 16 Sep. 2019 Siegel noted that in at least some of the cases, the use of a THC oil, such as butane hash oil, was blamed. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Critics: CDC silent on vaping THC as injuries mount," 28 Aug. 2019 Natural gas liquids include products like propane, butane and ethane, which is a major petrochemical feedstock. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Targa starts up Grand Prix NGL pipeline from Permian to Houston," 8 Aug. 2019 Fractionators separate natural gas liquids into separate individual products, such as butane, ethane and propane, which can be used to make petrochemicals. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Phillips 66 profits boosted by pipeline, NGLs," 26 July 2019 The June 21 fire at 150-year-old Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in the South Philadelphia plant erupted after a fire in a vat of butane reportedly triggered a massive explosion. And, USA TODAY, "Shutdown of fire-gutted massive Philadelphia refinery pushes gas prices higher, costs 1,000 jobs," 27 June 2019 Better butane trading results also helped in Sweeny. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Phillips 66 profits boosted by pipeline, NGLs," 26 July 2019 An explosion that rocked a Mira Mesa house May 5, with a blast strong enough to blow the garage door off the home in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, was the result of a butane hash oil extraction lab gone awry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego hash oil labs growing in sophistication, but who’s behind them?," 24 June 2019

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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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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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