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steam coal

coal with relatively high sulfur content, suited for generating steam but not for coking.
Origin of steam coal
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The boats were short of steam coal, which was a most cheerful bit of information.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • "Stuff of that kind is like steam coal to a boiler," spoke Mr. Scanlon.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • The lowest seam is the best, and this is as good as English steam coal.

  • The Times of to-day announces that a foreign Government has ordered a large supply of steam coal from the Welsh collieries.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson
  • Lights were blazing round it, for the pit was working night and day getting the steam coal to the surface.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • This would mean further breakage, and, in the case of steam coal especially, a depreciation in value.

    British Canals Edwin A. Pratt
  • The house and steam coal raised at some of the English collieries named in the foregoing tables is probably the best in the world.

British Dictionary definitions for steam coal

steam coal

coal suitable for use in producing steam, as in a steam-boiler
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