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 Most of the hydrogen used as fuel is derived by splitting it off from molecules of natural gas. William Wilkes, Washington Post, "How ‘Green Hydrogen’ Could Make ‘Green Steel’ Real," 23 Nov. 2019 North Dakota also produced a 2.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in September, down from a record 3 billion cubic feet in August. USA TODAY, "Bei Bei goes bye-bye, human compost company, Confederate statue whisked away: News from around our 50 states," 21 Nov. 2019 In this scenario, the deployment of renewables would grow dramatically but so would the use of natural gas. Justin Worland, Time, "Countries Are Falling Far Short on Action to Tackle Climate Change as Fossil Fuel Use Increases, Says Energy Report," 13 Nov. 2019 In certain cases, greater access to natural gas helps replace more carbon-intensive and more expensive sources of energy, helping consumers realize environmental benefits and cost savings., "controversial natural gas project," 13 Nov. 2019 In addition to a sharp decline in coal exports, the industry has lost ground in the power market as the cheaper option of natural gas has lowered demand for coal. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Coal giant Murray Energy, with mines in Kentucky, declares bankruptcy," 29 Oct. 2019 These particles are tied to certain kinds of economic activity, primarily the burning of natural gas to generate power and increased emissions from diesel vehicles. Drew Kann, CNN, "Air quality in the US is getting worse and could be killing thousands, study finds," 23 Oct. 2019 Another plant near Willcox is partially coal-fired but can switch to natural gas. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "What to know about the closure of the Navajo coal plant and mine," 15 Oct. 2019 Mozambique, with a population of nearly 30 million people, has a strategic place in southern Africa with a 2,470 kilometer (1,500 mile) Indian Ocean coastline and substantial deposits of natural gas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mozambique elections key to country’s peace and stability," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of natural gas

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Natural gas.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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