9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[proh-peyn] /ˈproʊ peɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a colorless, flammable gas, C 3 H 8 , of the alkane series, occurring in petroleum and natural gas: used chiefly as a fuel and in organic synthesis.
Also called dimethylmethane.
Origin of propane
1866; prop(ionic) + -ane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for propane
  • The grill is fueled by propane, so there is no need to run a gas line.
  • Powered by propane or a mixture of propane and butane, these devices are not meant to burn weeds.
  • The night before someone came by with a propane grill and cooked brisket for everyone.
  • Other options include stoves that run on propane gas or pellets, or reflect solar radiation onto a cooking vessel.
  • Had the propane bombs in the cafeteria and their vehicles worked, hundreds would have been killed.
  • So an explosion of one pound of hydrogen will produce less of a bang than one pound of gasoline, propane, or natural gas.
  • It was a sizable propane tank stuffed with high explosives.
  • When family-kitchen propane tanks run out, there will be no cooking.
  • The solvent breaks down the bitumen, allowing it to be pumped out along with the propane, which can be reused.
  • The essence of the system is the circulation of a fluid such as ammonia or propane.
British Dictionary definitions for propane


a colourless flammable gaseous alkane found in petroleum and used as a fuel. Formula: CH3CH2CH3
Word Origin
C19: from propionic acid + -ane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for propane

"colorless gas occurring in petroleum," 1866, with chemical suffix -ane + prop(ionic acid) (1850), from French propionique (1847), from Greek pro "forward" (see pro-) + pion "fat" (see fat (adj.)), in reference to its being first in order of the fatty acids.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
propane in Medicine

propane pro·pane (prō'pān')
A colorless hydrocarbon found in natural gas and petroleum and widely used as a fuel.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
propane in Science
A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon found in petroleum and natural gas. It is widely used as a fuel. Propane is the third member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C3H8.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for propane

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for propane

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for propane