natural gas


a combustible mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons that accumulates in porous sedimentary rocks, especially those yielding petroleum, consisting usually of over 80 percent methane together with minor amounts of ethane, propane, butane, nitrogen, and, sometimes, helium: used as a fuel and to make carbon black, acetylene, and synthesis gas.

Origin of natural gas

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for natural gas

gasoline, gas, fuel, petrol, kerosene, naphtha

Examples from the Web for natural gas

Contemporary Examples of natural gas

Historical Examples of natural gas

  • There are two varieties of college students—the midnight-oil and the natural-gas kind; and Petey was a whole gas well in himself.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • Natural-gas fuel is conveyed into her mills and houses through one thousand miles of iron pipe.

    A Short History of Pittsburgh

    Samuel Harden Church

  • In natural-gas regions, the supply of additional heat in a flue from a furnace or by a jet would be a small matter.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson

  • Below is given a form of specification in use by an architect in a natural-gas region.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson

  • "Like your natural-gas man, Mr. Beaton," said the girl, with a smiling glance round at him.

British Dictionary definitions for natural gas

natural gas


a gaseous mixture consisting mainly of methane trapped below ground; used extensively as a fuel
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natural gas in Science

natural gas


A mixture of hydrocarbon gases that occurs naturally beneath the Earth's surface, often with or near petroleum deposits. Natural gas contains mostly of methane but also has varying amounts of ethane, propane, butane, and nitrogen. It is used as a fuel and in making organic compounds.
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