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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Such techniques can break open underground rock and release more oil and natural gas. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "The U.S. Could Soon Reclaim the World's Oil Crown," 12 July 2018 Similarly, oil and natural gas production tax collections are performing above last years totals. Allie Morris Austin Bureau, Houston Chronicle, "Oil and sales tax revenues up as Texas pulls in $2.8B more than expected," 11 July 2018 Much of the recent opposition stems from environmentalists who have targeted the transportation of oil and natural gas as part of a broader effort to curtail production of fossil fuels, blamed for accelerating global warming. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time," 5 July 2018 Atlantic waters are cooler this year, which could mean fewer extreme storms that shut down oil and natural gas operations in the hurricane-prone Gulf of Mexico region. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt likes snail mail — just like Trump," 5 July 2018 Almost all of that electricity is currently produced by burning oil and natural gas. Alexandra Zavis,, "Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is turning to another resource to power the kingdom — sunshine," 31 May 2018 The islands do sit on top of significant amounts of natural resources, giving whoever owns them legal authority to exploit significant amounts of oil and natural gas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan’s Ships May Carry Fighter Jets, But Don’t Call Them Carriers," 29 May 2018 But natural gas is a third rail of Massachusetts politics, and House leaders steered clear. Jon Chesto,, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 The number of rigs drilling for crude oil or natural gas grew this week by two rigs, both for gas, according to data collected by Houston energy services firm Baker Hughes, a GE company. Houston Chronicle, "Texas rig counts ticks up amid oil price slide," 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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