- 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.
Origin of water gas
First recorded in 1850–55
Also called blue gas.
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Water-gas is of low illuminating value, but after it is carbureted it burns with a brilliant flame.
It contains more hydrogen, for example, than water-gas and it is well known that hydrogen gives little light on burning.
Water-gas made from steam and oil is usually limited to those places where the raw materials are readily available.
Water-gas, obtained by passing steam over heated coke, contains 40 per cent.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
If, therefore, water-gas became generally used, another use for coke would be added to those already referred to (p. 47).Coal
- 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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