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coal gas

a gas used for illuminating and heating, produced by distilling bituminous coal and consisting chiefly of hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide.
the gas formed by burning coal.
Origin of coal gas
1800-10 Unabridged
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  • It is almost as invisible as a jet of coal gas or hydrogen is in air.
  • The coal gas is put back into service as a fuel, not only for the coke making but also for the iron and steel operations.
  • The samples will be tested in a bench-scale reactor using simulated coal gas compositions.
  • Operated mainly as a gasifier, the reactor vessel produces coal gas that is tested downstream.
British Dictionary definitions for coal gas

coal gas

a mixture of gases produced by the distillation of bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting: consists mainly of hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide
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