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producer gas

  1. a gas composed of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and nitrogen, obtained by passing air and steam through incandescent coke: used as an industrial fuel, in certain gas engines, and in the manufacture of ammonia.
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Origin of producer gas

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called air gas.
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Historical Examples

  • For this reason they limit the employment of producer-gas engines.

    Gas-Engines and Producer-Gas Plants

    R. E. Mathot

  • Producer-gas is made by the action of steam or air or both upon fixed carbon.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • For engines driven by producer-gas magneto-igniters are preferable to cells and batteries.

  • Especially in producer-gas engines is an excess of cylinder-lubricant likely to cause such accidents.

  • So far as the fuel supply of the engine is concerned, the causes of stoppage will vary if street-gas or producer-gas be employed.

British Dictionary definitions for air gas

producer gas

  1. a mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen produced by passing air over hot coke, used mainly as a fuelAlso called: air gas See also water gas
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