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natural gas

a combustible mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons that accumulates in porous sedimentary rocks, especially those yielding petroleum, consisting usually of over 80 percent methane together with minor amounts of ethane, propane, butane, nitrogen, and, sometimes, helium: used as a fuel and to make carbon black, acetylene, and synthesis gas.
Origin of natural gas
1815-25 Unabridged
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  • There are two varieties of college students—the midnight-oil and the natural-gas kind; and Petey was a whole gas well in himself.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • In natural-gas regions, the supply of additional heat in a flue from a furnace or by a jet would be a small matter.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • Mela rewarded her amiability by saying to her, finally, "You've never been in the natural-gas country, have you?"

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Below is given a form of specification in use by an architect in a natural-gas region.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • natural-gas fuel is conveyed into her mills and houses through one thousand miles of iron pipe.

    A Short History of Pittsburgh Samuel Harden Church
British Dictionary definitions for natural-gas

natural gas

a gaseous mixture consisting mainly of methane trapped below ground; used extensively as a fuel
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natural-gas in Science
natural gas
A mixture of hydrocarbon gases that occurs naturally beneath the Earth's surface, often with or near petroleum deposits. Natural gas contains mostly of methane but also has varying amounts of ethane, propane, butane, and nitrogen. It is used as a fuel and in making organic compounds.
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