pro·pane | \ˈprō-ˌpān \

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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Your nonexistent carbon monoxide detector Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a toxic gas byproduct from burning fuel like gasoline, propane, and natural gas, according to the CDC. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Past a newer full bath, there’s a carpeted office and family room with propane fireplace. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with air conditioning in every room," 13 July 2018 The Houston company Permico Midstream Partners' Texas NGL Project includes a natural gas liquids fractionator that can process around 300,000 barrels of liquids a day and separate them into their component parts, such as ethane, propane and butane. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 Gasoline, propane gas and electricity contributed the most to inflation last month. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexican Inflation Ticked Up in June on Higher Energy Costs," 9 July 2018 The other three quarters are cars and trucks using gasoline, factories using quadrillions of British thermal units to forge metals and refine petroleum, and buildings heated by gas or propane. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 His father, Ted, worked for a propane company, rising early and driving an oil truck, and his mom, Katy, kept order for their four kids. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 None of the homes has electricity - one doesn't have a single outlet, so forget even charging your phone - but most use solar energy to power lights and propane or natural gas to run refrigerators. Kate Morgan,, "Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," 28 June 2018 Krienitz said firefighters encountered one car with propane residue in it, which was the initial reason for the evacuation. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "More, longer trains pose concern for suburban leaders after Aurora derailment," 1 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of propane

: a colorless gas that is used for cooking and heating


pro·pane | \ˈprō-ˌpān \

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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