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 In recent days, overstretched power plants have shut down as demand for natural gas to heat homes has soared. Washington Post, "Massive blackouts have hit Iran. The government is blaming bitcoin mining.," 16 Jan. 2021 Rhodium noted, however, that as coal plants are replaced with natural gas, some of the emissions reductions are offset. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump EPA makes it harder for Biden administration to regulate greenhouse gas emissions," 12 Jan. 2021 But the truth is, too many places are already married to natural gas, just as too many places were married to coal. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Who Really Loses When America Phases Out Natural Gas?," 5 Jan. 2021 Seven people, including the child, were left injured from the home explosion that was caused by natural gas, according to Fox32 Chicago. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Dramatic video shows Indiana child being rescued following home explosion," 25 Dec. 2020 That, plus the rebound in economic activity following the first lockdown, boosted demand for natural gas to generate electricity. David Hodari, WSJ, "Carbon Prices Jump Despite Record Drop in Emissions," 24 Dec. 2020 In many parts of the U.S. natural gas is far cheaper than electricity, sometimes by a factor of three or four. Kenneth Mcleod, The Conversation, "Magnetic induction cooking can cut your kitchen’s carbon footprint," 23 Dec. 2020 The incident is likely construction related and not from natural gas, and occurred while crews were working on the building's air handling and boiler system, a release from BGE says. Sheena Jones, CNN, "Nine critically injured in Baltimore building explosion, partial roof collapse," 23 Dec. 2020 Local coal futures have soared to a record, while the costs for natural gas, another heating and power fuel, have also jumped., "China Struggles to Keep the Lights On Amid Sky-High Demand," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of natural gas

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Natural gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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