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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And flaring gas on the spot means drillers miss out on more valuable products that come out of the ground with it, such as ethane, propane and butane, which are often processed out later. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In Booming Oil Field, Natural Gas Can Be Free," 27 Dec. 2018 The Houston company Permico Midstream Partners' Texas NGL Project includes a natural gas liquids fractionator that can process around 300,000 barrels of liquids a day and separate them into their component parts, such as ethane, propane and butane. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 Using butane to strip away unnecessary elements quickens the extraction process but can result in fiery blasts, as seen Saturday. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "“Honey oil” marijuana lab explodes in Rocklin | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Feb. 2018 On earth, propane and butane are examples of aliphatic carbon compounds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls," 28 June 2018 Oven cleaner and butane stored above bags of flour and tempura batter. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Mesa eatery left 3-day-old food on deli slicer, among other violations," 16 May 2018 The frozen weed goes into a tall, stainless steel column, while butane or propane gas is added to a solvent chamber, where a recirculating chiller cools and condenses the vapor into a liquid. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Shatter, Batter, Wax: How Cannabis Extracts Come to Be," 22 Mar. 2018 Inspectors also cited the refinery for numerous instances of improperly managing and storing hazardous waste on the property, as well as failing to accurately model a worst-case scenario for an accidental release of butane at the facility. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shell’s Martinez refinery will upgrade to settle federal complaint," 5 June 2018 Several bottles of butane stored above bags of flour. Angel Mendoza, azcentral, "Backed-up wastewater, old pill bottles: 4 restaurants on this week's inspections list," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of butane

1872, in the meaning defined above

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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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