a mineral coal containing little of the volatile hydrocarbons and burning almost without flame; hard coal.
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- Also called anthracite coal .
- an·thra·cit·ic [an-thruh-sit-ik], /ˌæn θrəˈsɪt ɪk/, an·thra·cit·ous [an-thruh-sahy-tuhs], /ˈæn θrəˌsaɪ təs/, adjective
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How to use anthracite in a sentence
When pure and of close hard grain it is used as a refractory for lining furnaces, especially those designed for anthracite.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
There are four types: bituminous (soft), anthracite (hard), semi-bituminous and semi-anthracite.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Tried at a measured mile with anthracite and Merthyr coal mixed, three years afterwards, her average speed was 11 knots.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
He was of middle age, black as anthracite coal, bald-headed, (p. 226) and was dressed in pants and coat made of old sailcloth.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
The cooking-range, a large one designed to burn anthracite coal, was the general warming apparatus.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for anthracite
a hard jet-black coal that burns slowly with a nonluminous flame giving out intense heat. Fixed carbon content: 86–98 per cent; calorific value: 3.14 × 10 7 –3.63 × 10 7 J/kg: Also called: hard coal
- anthracitic (ˌænθrəˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for anthracite
A hard, shiny coal that has a high carbon content. It is valued as a fuel because it burns with a clean flame and without smoke or odor, but it is much less abundant than bituminous coal. Compare bituminous coal lignite.
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