coal gas


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

Examples of coal gas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So cars were modified in France to run on coal gas. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 The pollutants come from the site of the former Alexandria Town Gas manufacturing plant, which produced coal gas from 1851 to 1947 at North Lee and Oronoco streets in Old Town, according to a 2021 report prepared for the city by Cardno, an environmental consulting firm. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Photos: Energy Institute In April 1943, Ammonia Casale (now part of the Swiss fertilizer maker Casale) introduced an internal combustion engine that could run on a blend of ammonia and coal gas. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Feb. 2021 For instance, before England and Wales shifted utilities from domestic coal gas to natural gas in the 1960s and ’70s — an economic decision that by chance eliminated deadly carbon monoxide — inhaling oven fumes was the method of choice for 41 percent of all suicides in 1963. Russ Juskalian, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2019 Diesel shortages during World War II prompted Belgium to run its public buses on a combination of ammonia and coal gas. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Feb. 2021 Up until the 1960s, the ovens and stoves in many British homes used coal gas, which was rich in dangerous carbon monoxide and was implicated in many deaths, accidental or intentional. Dave Philipps, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 31 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coal gas was in 1806

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“Coal gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

coal gas

: gas from coal
especially : gas made from bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting

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