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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Precisely how much methane (a greenhouse gas) leaks is important—leak enough and natural gas isn’t actually better than coal. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 Trump was less accommodating, accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel this week of exploiting the United States by underspending on defense as Germany cuts new deals with Russia for natural gas. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle," 10 July 2018 And what’s bad for coal is good for natural gas, at least in the short-term. David Roberts, Vox, "Big oil and Bush-era lobbyists are teaming up to support a carbon tax," 22 June 2018 Brochin was a cosponsor of a bill that became law last year that bans fracking, a controversial form of drilling for natural gas that was once considered for Western Maryland. Pamela Wood,, "Ad watch: Brochin TV ad in Baltimore County executive's race touts accomplishments," 9 June 2018 Beginning Monday, CenterPoint Energy is raising the base rate for natural gas by about 70 cents a month —a 4.6 percent increase -- although most of the region's customers will get a temporary reprieve. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Natural gas rates to jump 4.6 percent in Houston," 25 May 2018 Among the groups opposing FirstEnergy’s request is the American Petroleum Institute, whose members stand to profit from increasing demand for natural gas. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, "Coal plants’ bailout request puts Perry on spot," 11 May 2018 Spot prices for natural gas have more than quadrupled this week to the highest levels in years, as critics blamed not just the cold weather, but also a decision last year to close a major storage depot. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Heaviest Snow in Decades Batters U.K., Ireland and the Continent," 1 Mar. 2018 Among the factors according to the EIA are low natural gas prices and environmental regulations. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 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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