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 fire started with an explosion on June 21 from a vat of butane and propane, eventually engulfing the refinery and raising air quality concerns. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Philadelphia refinery shutdown could raise gas prices in the northeastern US," 26 June 2019 The fire erupted in a tank containing a mixture of butane and propane, a fire official said. Washington Post, "Gas prices could rise after fire-stricken refinery closes," 26 June 2019 The blasts and fire at the plant about 4 a.m. Friday, which shook homes and sent a fireball aloft, occurred at a tank containing a mixture of butane and propane, authorities said. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 Reuters reported earlier this month that since California legalized marijuana sales at the beginning of 2018, the state has licensed 154 extraction businesses to use butane or other volatile solvents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego hash oil labs growing in sophistication, but who’s behind them?," 24 June 2019 Earlier, a Philadelphia Fire Department official had said the fire started in a vat of butane. CBS News, "Fire sets off series of explosions at Philadelphia refinery," 21 June 2019 Earlier, a Philadelphia Fire Department official had said the fire started in a vat of butane. Dallas News, "Dallas company owns stake in Philadelphia refinery where explosion occurred," 21 June 2019 The Friday morning blaze started in a vat of butane, which exploded and prompted other explosions as the flames engulfed other fuel pipes at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, officials said. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Billowing fire, explosions at oil refinery shake South Philadelphia," 21 June 2019 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

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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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