Definitions

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

  • n. A colorless, odorless gaseous alkane, C2H6, that occurs as a constituent of natural gas and is used as a fuel and a refrigerant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (uncountable) An aliphatic hydrocarbon, C2H6, gaseous at normal temperatures and pressures, being a constituent of natural gas.
  • n. (countable) The same compound, subjected to modification by replacing one or more of the hydrogen atoms with other radicals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gaseous hydrocarbon, C2H6, forming a constituent of ordinary illuminating gas. It is the second member of the paraffin series, and its most important derivatives are common alcohol (ethyl alcohol), acetaldehyde, ether, and acetic acid. Called also dimethyl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A colorless, odorless gas, CH3CH3, found in illuminating gas and in crude petroleum, and prepared by the action of hydrogen on ethylene, acetylene, or ethyl iodide, and by the action of water on zinc ethyl. It boils at —93° C. Also called methylmethane, dimethyl, and ethyl hydrid.

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

  • n. a colorless odorless alkane gas used as fuel

Etymologies

eth(yl) + -ane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
eth- + -ane (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The methyl cation so obtained then attacks a new molecule of methane and protonated ethane is formed.

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  • One day I discovered that one could get the barrier to internal rotation in ethane approximately right using this method.

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  • The natural gas drilling boom near Charleston has local business boosters lobbying for a huge new chemical plant, called an ethane cracker, which could bring jobs to the state.

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  • But there is no longer a local market for ethane, which is used to make polyethylene for shopping bags and other plastic products.

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  • The compounds Miller studied are bisphosphonates known as ethane-1-hydroxy-1,

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  • The compounds Miller studied are bisphosphonates known as ethane-1-hydroxy-1, 1-bisphosphonate or EHBP, which Miller said is chemically similar to Procter & Gamble's osteoporosis drug Didronel or etidronate.

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  • Enterprise Products Partners, an energy infrastructure firm, is profiting from a big rise in demand from petrochemical producers who want cheaper natural-gas feedstocks such as ethane to make plastics.

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  • Natural gas is over 99% methane, the remainder being some heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, and butane.

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  • NGL natural gas liquids such as ethane, propane, butane, and others, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and water vapor may also be present.

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