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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Smart One Energy is one of 462 companies licensed to sell electricity or natural gas to Maryland residents. Scott Dance,, "Maryland fines Smart One Energy $561,000 for signing customers up for gas service without their consent," 2 Aug. 2019 The regions lead the nation in natural gas production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Here's how energy firms are dealing with falling natural gas prices," 26 July 2019 Water left over from oil and natural gas production may strengthen the magnitude of earthquakes in states like Oklahoma and Kansas, according to a new study. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Earthquakes near oil fields could persist long after drilling stops," 17 July 2019 The federal agency regulates the transmission and wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates," 14 June 2019 With total assets of $1.5 billion, the pension fund is separate from CPS’ electricity and natural gas operations, but the utility regularly pays into the retirement plan. Randy Diamond,, "CPS Energy’s pension plan lost more than $65 Million in 2018," 7 June 2019 The formula assumes the home will use a standard combination of electricity and natural gas. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Solar mandate could change how California homes are built," 1 June 2018 Eversource delivers electricity and natural gas, and supplies water to about 4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, according to the company. Danny Mcdonald,, "Former state senator joins Eversource’s board of trustees," 4 May 2018 The utility transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 3.7 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Stephen Singer,, "Eversource Wants To Buy Connecticut Water," 27 Apr. 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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