American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless flammable gas, C2H4, derived from natural gas and petroleum and used as a source of many organic compounds, in welding and cutting metals, to color citrus fruits, and as an anesthetic. Also called ethene.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. C2H4. A colorless poisonous gas having an unpleasant, suffocating smell. It burns with a bright luminous flame, and when mixed with air explodes violently. It is one of the constituents of illuminating gas. Also called ethene, elayle, olefiant gas, bicarbureted hydrogen, heavy carbureted hydrogen.
- n. organic chemistry The common name for the organic chemical compound ethene. The simplest alkene, a colorless gaseous (at room temperature and pressure) hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C2H4.
- n. organic chemistry The divalent radical derived from ethane.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon, C2H4, forming an important ingredient of illuminating gas, and also obtained by the action of concentrated sulphuric acid in alcohol. It is an unsaturated compound and combines directly with chlorine and bromine to form oily liquids (Dutch liquid), -- hence called
olefiant gas. Called also ethene, elayl, and formerly, bicarbureted hydrogen.
- n. a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic
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