firedamp

[ fahyuh r-damp ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌdæmp /
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noun Mining.

a combustible gas consisting chiefly of methane, formed especially in coal mines, and dangerously explosive when mixed with certain proportions of atmospheric air.
the explosive mixture itself.

Nearby words

  1. firebug,
  2. firebush,
  3. firecracker,
  4. firecracker flower,
  5. firecrest,
  6. firedog,
  7. firedrake,
  8. firefight,
  9. firefighter,
  10. firefighting

Origin of firedamp

First recorded in 1670–80; fire + damp

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British Dictionary definitions for firedamp

firedamp

/ (ˈfaɪəˌdæmp) /

noun

a mixture of hydrocarbons, chiefly methane, formed in coal mines. It forms explosive mixtures with airSee also afterdamp
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