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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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 Plus, getting wood chips is easier to ship and store than propane tanks or charcoal. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance and Tech Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 Boho throws in linens, towels, cooking supplies, a propane grill, and a cooler—all for a total price of $35,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Boho-chic, fully converted camper van is $35K," 10 Sep. 2018 Components include a two-burner propane stove, a deep undermount sink, and a high-efficiency refrigerator. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 There is a six-burner propane Viking stove with a separate burner underneath a water spigot for filling large pots of water, and a large overhead hood. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 112 Stoner Drive, West Hartford," 1 Feb. 2018 In addition to ice, propane, alcohol, water, juice, LaCroix and beer have been in high demand to douse the heat, grocery store managers said. Tessa Weinberg,, "People flock to the beaches to beat record-setting Memorial Day heat," 28 May 2018 Since the rock crawler runs on propane, neighbors and friends donated tanks from their grills to keep the rides going. Lindsay Peyton, Houston Chronicle, "A Rosenberg man and his off-road rock crawler rescue flooded families," 18 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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