water gas


noun

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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Also called blue gas.

Origin of water gas

First recorded in 1850–55

OTHER WORDS FROM water gas

wa·ter-gas, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for water gas

water gas

noun

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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