natural gas

noun
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of natural gas

1 : gas issuing from the earth's crust through natural openings or bored wells; especially : a combustible mixture of methane and other hydrocarbons used chiefly as a fuel and raw material
2 : gas manufactured from organic matter (such as coal)

Examples of natural gas in a Sentence

  1. a house heated by natural gas

Recent Examples of natural gas from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'natural gas.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of natural gas

1825

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

NATURAL GAS Defined for English Language Learners

natural gas

Definition of natural gas for English Language Learners

  • : gas that is taken from under the ground and used as fuel


NATURAL GAS Defined for Kids

natural gas

noun

Definition of natural gas for Students

: a flammable gas mixture from below the earth's surface that is used especially as a fuel

Learn More about natural gas


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up natural gas? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured ridicule

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!