pro·​pane | \ ˈprō-ˌpān How to pronounce propane (audio) \

Definition of propane

: a heavy flammable gaseous alkane C3H8 found in crude petroleum and natural gas and used especially as fuel and in chemical synthesis

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Coolers on wheels • Grilling, propane tanks, or open flames • Drones or other unmanned aerial vehicles MBTA schedule The local subway and bus lines will run on Sunday schedules for July 4. Abbi Matheson,, "Boston’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular: Here’s what you need to know," 1 July 2019 During the incident, a propane tank in a grill exploded at a home in rural Torrington, but crews were able to put out the fire without any extension to the house, Tripp said. Zach Murdock,, "Torrington man exposed to ‘tear gas-like agent’ after hazardous material spill," 25 June 2019 Bellavia entered a room full of propane tanks and plastic explosives. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Trump awards the Medal of Honor to David Bellavia, the first living Iraq War recipient," 25 June 2019 The camper also accommodates two batteries and two 20-pound propane tanks. Julianne G. Crane, Houston Chronicle, "Truck campers: Versatile camping almost anywhere," 15 June 2019 Propylene: Makes even more black smoke than propane, and red flames. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 2018 Hammond’s program is a partnership with Leopardo, which helped the city to obtain new vehicles that operate on propane. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Hammond goes green with new vehicle fleet expected to save $26 million over 15 years," 26 Apr. 2018 Large gatherings can be seated in the dining room, appointed with a tray ceiling, a propane fireplace and a chair rail. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 7 Clermont Park, Farmington," 21 Dec. 2017 Dale Kennicott grabbed a propane torch, laid the tip against a pile of sticks in the fire pit, pulled the trigger and suddenly had an instant fire. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "How a party in Up North woods is helping Michigan sturgeon survive," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of propane

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propane

International Scientific Vocabulary prop- + -ane

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The first known use of propane was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of propane

: a colorless gas that is used for cooking and heating


pro·​pane | \ ˈprō-ˌpān How to pronounce propane (audio) \

Medical Definition of propane

: a heavy flammable gaseous alkane C3H8 found in crude petroleum and natural gas and used especially as fuel and in chemical synthesis

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