Definition of Methane

1. Noun. A colorless odorless gas used as a fuel.

Generic synonyms: Gas, Alkane, Alkane Series, Methane Series, Paraffin, Paraffin Series
Specialized synonyms: Marsh Gas
Substance meronyms: Gas, Natural Gas

Definition of Methane

1. n. A light, colorless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. See Marsh gas, under Gas.

Definition of Methane

1. Noun. (organic compound uncountable) The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas. ¹

2. Noun. (organic chemistry countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane. ¹

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Definition of Methane

1. a flammable gas [n -S]

Medical Definition of Methane

1. A light, colourless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. See Marsh gas, under Gas. Methane series, a series of saturated hydrocarbons, of which methane is the first member and type, and (because of their general chemical inertness and indifference) called also the paraffin (little affinity) series. The lightest members are gases, as methane, ethane; intermediate members are liquids, as hexane, heptane, etc. (found in benzine, kerosene, etc); while the highest members are white, waxy, or fatty solids, as paraffin proper. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Methane

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methamphetamine hydrochloride
methane (current term)
methane clathrate
methane clathrates
methane hydrate
methane hydrates
methane monooxygenase
methane rain
methane series
methanesulfonic acid
methanesulfonic acid monooxygenase

Literary usage of Methane

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"All coal contains in its pores and crevices some of the inflammable gas methane, which is given off when the coal is in the ground, during mining and in ..."

2. A Text-book of Organic Chemistry by August Bernthsen (1891)
"XXIX. TRIPHENYL-methane GROUP. Triphenyl-methane, CH(C6H6)S, ... Thus, triphenyl-methane results : 1. From benzal chloride and benzene : C6H5. ..."

3. Analytical Chemistry by Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1904)
"16.04 gms, of methane occupy a volume of 22.391 liters under standard conditions. methane, also called marsh-gas or fire damp, is only slightly soluble in ..."

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