steam coal

  1. coal with relatively high sulfur content, suited for generating steam but not for coking.

Origin of steam coal

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby steam coal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steam coal in a sentence

  • Lights were blazing round it, for the pit was working night and day getting the steam coal to the surface.

    The World Peril of 1910 | George Griffith
  • This would mean further breakage, and, in the case of steam coal especially, a depreciation in value.

    British Canals | Edwin A. Pratt
  • The house and steam coal raised at some of the English collieries named in the foregoing tables is probably the best in the world.

  • The boats were short of steam coal, which was a most cheerful bit of information.

    A Sub and a Submarine | Percy F. Westerman
  • "Stuff of that kind is like steam coal to a boiler," spoke Mr. Scanlon.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist | John T. McIntyre

British Dictionary definitions for steam coal

steam coal

  1. coal suitable for use in producing steam, as in a steam-boiler

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