natural gas


: 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
: gas manufactured from organic matter (such as coal)

Examples of natural gas in a Sentence

a house heated by natural gas
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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of natural gas was in 1825

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“Natural gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

natural gas

: gas that comes from the earth's crust through natural openings or bored wells
especially : a flammable mixture of hydrocarbons and especially methane used chiefly as a fuel and raw material

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