Examples from the Web for acetylene
The acetylene prepared from this substance has a very characteristic odor due to impurities, the chief of these being phosphine.
Acetylene gives a light which is nearest to sunlight of any artificial illuminant.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting|Harold P. Manly
In what proportion must acetylene and oxygen be mixed to produce the greatest explosion?
Mixtures of acetylene with air or oxygen are forbidden, irrespective of the pressure or proportions.
The impulses received by the microphone in this equipment were recorded on a running tape smoked by an acetylene flame.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
British Dictionary definitions for acetylene
- another name for alkyne
- (as modifier)acetylene series
Word Origin and History for acetylene
gaseous hydrocarbon, 1864, from French acétylène, coined by French chemist Marcelin-Pierre-Eugène Berthelot (1823-1907) from chemical ending -ene + acetyl, which was coined from acetic in 1839 by German chemist Justus von Liebig; see acetic. Liebig's coinage was in reference to a different radical; acetyl was transferred to its current sense in 1850s, but Berthelot's coinage was based on the original use of acetyl.
The name acetylene is an unfortunate one as the hydrocarbon is not directly related to the modern acetyl radical and the molecule ... contains a triple bond, not a double bond which the suffix -ene (q.v.) implies. [Flood, "Origins of Chemical Names," 1963]