hy·​dro·​car·​bon | \ ˈhī-drō-ˌkär-bən How to pronounce hydrocarbon (audio) \

Definition of hydrocarbon

: an organic compound (such as acetylene or butane) containing only carbon and hydrogen and often occurring in petroleum, natural gas, coal, and bitumens

Examples of hydrocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In-line with divestment targets, BP’s total hydrocarbon production declined by 21% from 1.6 MMBOED in 2019 to 1.3 MMBOED in 2021. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 May 2022 That gasoline grade is laced with an extra dose of hydrocarbon molecules called octane. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The European expansion appears to be well-timed, considering that EV demand in the E.U. is only poised to rise as the bloc looks to cut its dependence on hydrocarbon imports from Russia. Trefis Team, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The aircraft was chartered by the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company which maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighboring Chad. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, ajc, 12 May 2022 High hydrocarbon levels in the sludge have raised fire hazard concerns, and forced the city’s contractor to process it more slowly — without the use of an air dryer — for more than six months. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 The document, signed by Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, requests copies of all oil and gas contracts signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government since 2004 and details relating to its hydrocarbon revenues. Khalid Al Ansary, Bloomberg.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Russia's aggression, insecurity and meddling in Europe will persist long after the hydrocarbon era. Nikos Tsafos For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Massive injection of wastewater into disposal wells deeper than hydrocarbon formations—not the fracturing process itself—is implicated in big seismicity increases. WSJ, 8 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hydrocarbon

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocarbon. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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hy·​dro·​car·​bon | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce hydrocarbon (audio) \

Kids Definition of hydrocarbon

: a substance containing only carbon and hydrogen


hy·​dro·​car·​bon | \ -ˈkär-bən How to pronounce hydrocarbon (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrocarbon

: an organic compound (as acetylene, benzene, or butane) containing only carbon and hydrogen and often occurring in petroleum, natural gas, coal, and bitumens

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