coal gas


Definition of coal gas

: gas made from coal: such as
a : the mixture of gases thrown off by burning coal
b : gas made by carbonizing bituminous coal in retorts and used for heating and lighting

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Green was an innovator who pioneered the use of coal gas instead of hydrogen gas to power balloons, as well as the use of the guide rope, a way of controlling the otherwise-unsteerable balloon’s progress using, literally, a long rope. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "A Picture History of One of the World’s Greatest Hot Air Balloons," 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of coal gas

1806, in the meaning defined above

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