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water gas

noun

  1. a toxic gaseous mixture consisting chiefly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, prepared from steam and incandescent coke: used as an illuminant, fuel, and in organic synthesis.


water gas

noun

  1. a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide produced by passing steam over hot carbon, used as a fuel and raw material See also producer gas


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Other Words From

  • water-gas adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of water gas1

First recorded in 1850–55

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Example Sentences

Water gas is made by placing coke in a vertical cylinder and heating the coke to a red heat.

It was subsequently found that the stove was unlighted, and the water gas supply turned on.

The mixture of these two gases with the hydrocarburets furnished by the fuel constitutes water gas.

If, therefore, water-gas became generally used, another use for coke would be added to those already referred to (p. 47).

Another method gives water gas, by passing steam through heated coal.

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