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 Also avoid adding to indoor air pollution through things such as burning candles, using gas, propane or wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, running vacuum cleaners or using aerosol sprays. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2024 Pulley admitted setting the fire with a propane torch and was jailed on a felony charge of unlawfully causing a fire to wildland. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 5 July 2024 One of the main reasons for emissions reductions in the United States has been as a result of the shift from higher-emitting fuels to lower emitting ones like natural gas and propane. Julio Fuentes, Hartford Courant, 15 Apr. 2024 Dozens of people dressed in flame-resistant clothing—mustard-yellow shirts and pine-green pants—paused along a forest service road to adjust their hard hats, strap propane tanks onto their backs, and test the torches connected to them: long, thin metal rods with a stream of flaming gas at one end. Ferris Jabr, The Atlantic, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for propane 

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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 21 Jul. 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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