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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.
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water-gas, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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
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