Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two isomers of a gaseous hydrocarbon, C4H10, produced synthetically from petroleum and used as a household fuel, refrigerant, and aerosol propellant and in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hydrocarbon (either of the two isomers of C4H10 n-butane, and 2-methyl-propane) found in gaseous petroleum fractions.
  • n. The n-butane isomer only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inflammable gaseous saturated hydrocarbon, C4H10, of the marsh gas, or paraffin, series.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., the fourth member of the paraffin series of hydrocarbons, C4H10.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. occurs in natural gas; used in the manufacture of rubber and fuels

Etymologies

but(yl) + -ane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Derived from the same stem as the foul-smelling carboxylic acid liberated in rancid butter, butyric acid + -ane. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are very close to eachother with regard to the total amount of energy output from combustion, but because butane is heavier than propane, it boils at a higher (much higher) temperature, and that is the main drawback.

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  • They burn the same but butane is cheaper to manufacture.

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  • Among the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic; lead;

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  • Among the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic; lead; carbon monoxide; and even polonium-210, the that was used to murder former Russian spy Alexander V. Litvinenko in 2006.

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  • "Among the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic; lead; carbon monoxide; and even polonium-210 ..."

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  • Among the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic; lead; carbon monoxide; and even polonium-210, the highly radioactive carcinogen that was used to murder former Russian spy Alexander V. Litvinenko in 2006.

    Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

  • Anipac President, Juan Manuel Alvarez Icaza, said that investment in processing plants would enable oil and gas to be transformed into primary inputs for the plastics industry such as butane, ethylene and propane.

    Lloyd Mexico Economic Report - January 2000

  • VAPEX utilizes solvents, such as butane, to extract raw bitumen, rather than steam, which could allow significant cost savings for in situ operators.

    Energy profile of Canada

  • Nine railcars - carrying cargo such as butane and glycol - derailed in the western Alberta town at about 6: 45 a.m., forcing a precautionary evacuation of nearby businesses, hotels, and a high school.

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  • When it is refined, a barrel of crude yields several different "cuts" that range from light products, such as butane, to heavy products, such as asphalt.

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