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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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 Design, employees, and hours About 4.2 acres of the 15.8-acre parcel will be dedicated to outdoor storage for tent products, event rental equipment, propane, and portable diesel fuel tanks, portable generators, forklifts, and more. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arena Americas moving to a new facility in Oak Creek," 16 May 2018 Opponents of the deal say oil and liquids used to make propane should not continue flowing daily through the lines. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Michigan Senate OKs bill to enable Great Lakes pipeline deal," 5 Dec. 2018 Other amenities include a touchscreen stereo, GPS, rooftop air conditioning, propane heating system, and LED lighting. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 The wooden lid doubles as a cutting board that can be nestled snugly onto the base—which in turn doubles as a stash spot for the propane canister. $200 Looking for more? Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 That includes charcoal and propane burners and grills. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Grilling in the garage in Warren could soon land you in jail," 18 June 2018 The developer has a deal to buy the site, currently used as a propane fueling station, pending city approval of the development, and will make its first public presentation of the plan Monday night. Ryan Ori,, "Green office building planned in Fulton Market district," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of propane

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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