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

  • n. A gaseous mixture produced by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal and used as a commercial fuel.
  • n. The gaseous mixture released by burning coal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The poisonous gas, used domestically for cooking etc and formerly for lighting, prepared by heating coal with steam; it is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide; synthesis gas or town gas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a variety of carbureted hydrogen, procured from bituminous coal, used in lighting streets, houses, etc., and for cooking and heating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gas which is given out by burning coal.
  • n. A mixture of gases and vapors, chiefly combustible, which is employed to produce the gas-light in common use.

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

  • n. gaseous mixture produced by distillation of bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting


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