[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 hydrocarbons
Because that global economic decline dried up demand for oil, the price of hydrocarbons fell 75 percent.Why Putin Will Buckle Under Sanctions
March 14, 2014
Hydrocarbons are an amazingly energy-dense and affordable form of storage for the energy needed to propel a vehicle.Would Putting a Price on Carbon Pave the Way for Electric Cars?
January 22, 2013
And wind power must be supplemented with hydrocarbons for reliability.A Centrist Gets Fighting Mad
October 13, 2010
Petroleum is a mixture of various compounds known as hydrocarbons.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
The terpenes are hydrocarbons of the general formula CnH2n-4.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Hydrocarbons are compounds of the two elements carbon and hydrogen.Encyclopedia of Diet
It may be supposed that this odour is due to the traces of hydrocarbons present.The Preservation of Antiquities
As some of the hydrocarbons are readily volatile at 100 degs.Soap-Making Manual
E. G. Thomssen
- any organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen, such as the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, terpenes, and arenes
Word Origin and History for hydrocarbons
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An organic compound, such as benzene and methane, that contains only carbon and hydrogen.
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- Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.
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Many hydrocarbons are used as fuels. Some examples of hydrocarbon fuels are the components of gasoline; methane, which is the main ingredient of natural gas; and some components of wood.
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