producer gas


noun

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
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producer gas

noun

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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