Definition of lignite
: a usually brownish black coal intermediate between peat and bituminous coal; especially : one in which the texture of the original wood is distinct —called also brown coal
ligniticplay \lig-ˈni-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of lignite from the Web
Expectations for the Kemper plant, which is located next to a mine for lignite, the dirtiest form of coal, always were ambitious; coal gasification never had been used to produce commercial electricity, according to climate experts.
Mississippi Power has been trying to achieve sustained operation of two gasifiers that convert soft lignite coal to a synthetic gas.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Dozens of villagers in northwestern Greece have evacuated their homes after a lignite mine nearby collapsed.
Kemper was designed as a prototype carbon capture, or clean coal plant that would burn gasified lignite coal and capture up to 65 percent of its carbon emissions.
Take, for instance, the RK 5000, a large bucket-chain excavator working in a lignite mine in the Czech Republic.
The plant, which broke ground in 2010, would run on lignite, a type of coal that is difficult to process but is plentiful in the region.
The bucket-wheel excavator is twice as long as a soccer field and as tall as a 30-story building, and digs up 30 million tons of lignite per year.
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Origin and Etymology of lignite
French, from Latin lignum
First Known Use: circa 1808See Words from the same year
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