propane

noun

pro·​pane ˈprō-ˌpān How to pronounce propane (audio)
: a heavy flammable gaseous alkane C3H8 found in crude petroleum and natural gas and used especially as fuel and in chemical synthesis

Examples of propane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fire department officials have said a leaking propane tank stored underground at a residential property in Sterling, Va., probably caused a large explosion, destroying the home and damaging nearby residences in what neighbors described as a warzone-like scene. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 After receiving a 911 call from a resident about a gassy odor, the crew arrived at the house on Friday night and discovered a 500-gallon underground propane tank and a leak on the side of the residence. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 One tenant was keeping propane tanks, others were storing vehicles and several more had improperly stored lumber or wooden pallets, inspectors found. Christopher Weber, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 The source of ignition that set off a chain-reaction explosion involving at least six large propane tanks is under investigation. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Also pertaining to gas, make sure the propane tank is a safe distance from the igniter and burners. 4. Linda Gassenheimer, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 City workers also went door-to-door Thursday to help residents dispose of hazardous materials such as batteries, paint, pesticides, propane tanks and medications. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 McLuckie and Orange Tent staffers visited Pete frequently to bring food and hygiene supplies and propane tanks to fuel the tent’s heater. Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Write that number down, add them together when the list is complete, then multiply that by 1.5 for the wattage total needed for your situation. Fuel Most portable generators run on either liquid propane (LP) or gasoline. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary prop- + -ane

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propane was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Propane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propane. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

propane

noun
pro·​pane ˈprō-ˌpān How to pronounce propane (audio)
: a heavy flammable gas found in crude petroleum and natural gas and used especially as fuel and in the chemical industry

Medical Definition

propane

noun
pro·​pane ˈprō-ˌpān How to pronounce propane (audio)
: 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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