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

  • adj. Like or containing bitumen.
  • adj. Of or relating to bituminous coal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to bitumen.
  • n. Bituminous coal.
  • n. A type or grade of bituminous coal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the qualities of bitumen; compounded with bitumen; containing bitumen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or resembling bitumen.
  • Containing bitumen, or made up in part of the hydrocarbons which form asphaltum, maltha, and petroleum. See petroleum.

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

  • adj. resembling or containing bitumen


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  • WHEREAS there exists a labor dispute between certain bituminous coal operators and associations and certain of their employees represented by the International Union, United Mine Workers of America, involving wages and terms and conditions of employment; and


  • WHEREAS the Secretary of the Interior on May 22, 1946, pursuant to Executive Order No. 9728 issued by me on May 21, 1946,1 took possession of certain bituminous coal mines, including the mines of the Carter Coal Company located in McDowell County, West Virginia; and


  • About 85 percent of the resources in place are classified as bituminous or sub-bituminous (hard) coal; the rest is lignite (soft brown) coal.

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  • The dull coal is called bituminous, because it contains more bitumen or mineral pitch.

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  • A statue of a coal miner adorns the grounds of the state Capitol, and last year the Legislature voted unanimously to name bituminous coal the official rock of West Virginia, saying the "industry remains essential to economic growth and progress in West Virginia and the United States." Front Page

  • Gross calorific values are very high, indicating the coal can be classified as bituminous thermal coal.

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  • As Pringle points out, the word mumiya is Arabic for a certain kind of bituminous asphalt found in Persia, where medieval physicians used it to heal everything from cuts to tuberculosis.

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  • Parquetry-fillets, parquetry adhesive, adhesive thinner, sealing cardboard such as bituminous felt, bare, cold glue for wood.

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  • These investigations, by suggesting changes in equipment and methods, are also indicating the practicability of the purchase of cheaper fuels, such as bituminous coal and the smaller sizes of pea, buckwheat, etc., instead of the more expensive sizes of anthracite, with a corresponding saving in cost.

    Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXX, Dec. 1910 Federal Investigations of Mine Accidents, Structural Materials and Fuels. Paper No. 1171

  • _ The term "bituminous," as generally understood, is applied to a group of coals having a maximum fuel ratio of about 3, and hence it is a kind of coal in which the volatile matter and the fixed carbon are nearly equal; but this criterion cannot be used without qualification, for the same statement might be made of subbituminous coal and lignite.

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  • "There are roof emerging from the river. A line of sunken houses, built on the wrong side of the wall, pressed up against the bank in the water, their bituminous black bricks dripping." From Perdido Street Station by China Meiville.

    September 18, 2011

  • One of my favorite words for making stuff up.

    I think it might rain. Those look like bituminous clouds.

    You should have a doctor look at that. It looks pretty bituminous.

    May 23, 2009

  • See: bitumen.

    October 3, 2008

  • For two years his eyes had been subdued to the atmospheric effects of London, to the mysterious fusion of darkly-piled city and low-lying bituminous sky...

    - Edith Wharton, The Reef

    June 18, 2008