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oxyacetylene

[ok-see-uh-set-l-een, -in] /ˌɒk si əˈsɛt lˌin, -ɪn/
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to a mixture of oxygen and acetylene:
an oxyacetylene torch.
noun
2.
a mixture of oxygen and acetylene, used in a blowtorch for cutting steel plates or the like.
Origin of oxyacetylene
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; oxy-2 + acetylene
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Historical Examples
  • But if the heat be applied by the oxyacetylene flame that will not happen.

  • oxyacetylene equipment has found application, owing to its portability.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The oxyacetylene flame is concentrated upon a small pellet of ceria, which provides a brilliant source of small dimensions.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • Hotter even than oxyhydrogen is the oxyacetylene flame, which at its hottest point reaches nearly 3500 C.

British Dictionary definitions for oxyacetylene

oxyacetylene

/ˌɒksɪəˈsɛtɪˌliːn/
noun
1.
  1. a mixture of oxygen and acetylene; used in a blowpipe for cutting or welding metals at high temperatures
  2. (as modifier): an oxyacetylene burner
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