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soft coal

Origin of soft coal
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She had taken a chair before the soft-coal fire and was staring at it rather moodily.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • And then I caught the four-thirty-eight, soft-coal unlimited; and here I am.

  • The study, where the three men seated themselves before a soft-coal fire, was the study of a lawyer just beginning to practise.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • She smiled and pushed her chair back from the soft-coal blaze in the fireplace.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • They were all of wood—heated by soft-coal stoves and lighted by coal-oil lamps.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Western Pennsylvania produces the largest amount of fat coal, but it is found here and there in nearly all soft-coal regions.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • And, quite incidentally, the soft-coal smoke in a very dirty tunnel through the crest of the Blue Ridge.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • During these five days, therefore, the soft-coal mines were working close to actual capacity.

  • There, beside a soft-coal stove, the younger children of the family undressed at night and dressed in the morning.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • This record is surpassed by engines which have just been built for pusher service on the soft-coal Virginian Railway.

British Dictionary definitions for soft-coal

soft coal

another name for bituminous coal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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