water gas



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.

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Origin of water gas

First recorded in 1850–55

Also called blue gas.

Related formswa·ter-gas, adjective

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water gas


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