natural gas


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

a house heated by natural gas

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Renewables are even giving natural gas a run for its money. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 Ukraine had about 170 megawatts of solar power installed in Crimea before the annexation, and has since been forced to buy natural gas from Russia to compensate. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl Has a New Power Plant, But This Time It's Solar," 9 Oct. 2018 What changed that more than anything else was another technological revolution: Radical advancements in finding and extracting natural gas. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 Trump was objecting to Germany's acceptance of a new pipeline project that will bring more natural gas from Russia. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen,, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 His criticism was based on Germany’s deal to import natural gas from Russia via a new pipeline., "Where to get a taste of Brazil’s culture and cuisine before you go," 12 July 2018 His criticism was based on Germany’s deal to import natural gas from Russia via a new pipeline. New York Times, "Trump Presses NATO on Military Spending, but Signs Its Criticism of Russia," 11 July 2018 In February, Israel signed a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt. David Isaac, Jewish Journal, "Israel and China start conversation about mutual ties," 11 July 2018 The new exports are delivering natural gas from the nation’s shale fields, through the Cove Point export terminal in Southern Maryland, across the world’s oceans in massive tankers and into Japan’s energy network through import terminals there. Kevin Rector,, "High-speed rail, liquefied natural gas, and the connections between Maryland and Japan," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of natural gas

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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English Language Learners Definition of natural gas

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

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Kids Definition of natural gas

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

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