[hahy-druh-kahr-buh n, hahy-druh-kahr-]
- any of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, as an alkane, methane, CH4, an alkene, ethylene, C2H4, an alkyne, acetylene, C2H2, or an aromatic compound, benzene, C6H6.
Origin of hydrocarbon
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Examples from the Web for hydrocarbon
The hydrocarbon bonanza in the United States gives Obama a significant opportunity.A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for Obama
January 17, 2013
That horizontal segment allows the well to have far greater exposure to the hydrocarbon reservoir.Both Candidates Push Myth of Energy Independence
November 1, 2012
In Denmark, the poster child for wind power, neither carbon dioxide emissions nor hydrocarbon consumption have been reduced.A Centrist Gets Fighting Mad
October 13, 2010
And there's a thin sprinkling of hydrocarbon molecules out there too.The Sky Trap
Frank Belknap Long
These three bands reveal the existence of hydrocarbon in comets.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
In this reaction the iodine of the iodide of ethyl combines with the zinc, and the hydrocarbon supposed to be ethyl is set free.
The residue contains any hydrocarbon oils or fats not converted into soap.Soap-Making Manual
E. G. Thomssen
It is, therefore, a hydrocarbon of a very high degree of unsaturation.The Chemistry of Plant Life
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
- any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
Word Origin and History for hydrocarbon
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
- Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.