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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The ship had been extensively refitted, an operation that included swapping out its old engine for a new one that ran not on coal gas, but on gasoline. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A truly magnetic personality: Capt. J.P. Ault and his amazing ship, the Carnegie," 14 Sep. 2019 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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