- a gas composed of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and nitrogen, obtained by passing air and steam through incandescent coke: used as an industrial fuel, in certain gas engines, and in the manufacture of ammonia.
Origin of producer gas
First recorded in 1890–95
Also called air gas.
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Examples from the Web for air gas
For this reason they limit the employment of producer-gas engines.
Producer-gas is made by the action of steam or air or both upon fixed carbon.Artificial Light
For engines driven by producer-gas magneto-igniters are preferable to cells and batteries.
So far as the fuel supply of the engine is concerned, the causes of stoppage will vary if street-gas or producer-gas be employed.
Especially in producer-gas engines is an excess of cylinder-lubricant likely to cause such accidents.
- a mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen produced by passing air over hot coke, used mainly as a fuelAlso called: air gas See also water gas
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