water-gas

water gas

noun
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:
1850–55

water-gas, adjective
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water gas
 
n
See also producer gas a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide produced by passing steam over hot carbon, used as a fuel and raw material

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