Try Our Apps


Fall Head Over Heels...

water gas

a toxic gaseous mixture consisting chiefly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, prepared from steam and incandescent coke: used as an illuminant, fuel, and in organic synthesis.
Also called blue gas.
Origin of water gas
Related forms
water-gas, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for water-gas
Historical Examples
  • It contains more hydrogen, for example, than water-gas and it is well known that hydrogen gives little light on burning.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • water-gas is of low illuminating value, but after it is carbureted it burns with a brilliant flame.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • If, therefore, water-gas became generally used, another use for coke would be added to those already referred to (p. 47).

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • water-gas, obtained by passing steam over heated coke, contains 40 per cent.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • water-gas made from steam and oil is usually limited to those places where the raw materials are readily available.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • water-gas, prepared by passing steam over white-hot anthracite coal—First produced in England in 1823.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • water-gas, very rich in hydrogen, and made by a very similar process, is therefore not suitable for internal combustion engines.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • Holland experimented with water-gas in the furnace of a locomotive running on the Long Island Railroad.

  • water-gas is employed in soldering on account of its reducing properties and of the high temperature of its flame.

British Dictionary definitions for water-gas

water gas

a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide produced by passing steam over hot carbon, used as a fuel and raw material See also producer gas
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 of the Day

Difficulty index for water gas

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for water

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for water-gas