white damp


noun

a poisonous coal-mine gas composed chiefly of carbon monoxide.

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Origin of white damp

First recorded in 1880–85
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Example sentences from the Web for white damp

  • There is also "white-damp," the gas which you see burning with a pretty blue flame over a hot coal fire.

    Diggers in the Earth|Eva March Tappan

British Dictionary definitions for white damp

whitedamp
/ (ˈwaɪtˌdæmp) /

noun

a mixture of poisonous gases, mainly carbon monoxide, occurring in coal minesSee also afterdamp
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