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
Recent Examples on the Web Underground pipes and conduits bring services like natural gas, electricity, water, internet, cable TV and phone lines into your house and carry sewage away. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2022 All three factors are causing supply scarcity for oil and natural gas, metals, grains and other agricultural commodities, Mr. Bloom says. Lori Ioannou, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Banning Russian natural gas, which most EU countries rely on for heating and electricity, has been considered unrealistic in the immediate future, but the bloc has laid out plans to gradually wean itself off it in the coming years. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 May 2022 Without it, they'll be forced to make up that electricity with fossil fuels like natural gas, which emits planet-warming gases and will exacerbate the West's water crisis. René Marsh, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 The European Union is heavily reliant on Russian natural gas, which heats homes, cooks meals and generates electricity in most of the bloc’s 27 member states. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The plan would effectively ban HVAC systems that use fossil fuels like natural gas – including most standard furnaces – or systems that use electric resistance, such as baseboard heaters, wall heaters, radiant heat systems and electric furnaces. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Petroleum, natural gas, and non-fossil-fuel sources accounted for 18.9%, 8.4%, and 15.9%, respectively. Baker Institute, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The moves are already shaking up energy markets as demand in China—the world’s top importer of both oil and natural gas—contracts. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Natural gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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

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