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meth·ane

 (mĕth′ān′)
n.
An odorless, colorless, flammable gas, CH4, the major constituent of natural gas, that is used as a fuel and is an important source of hydrogen and a wide variety of organic compounds.

methane

(ˈmiːθeɪn)
n
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless odourless flammable gas, the simplest alkane and the main constituent of natural gas: used as a fuel. Formula: CH4. See also marsh gas, firedamp
[C19: from meth(yl) + -ane]

meth•ane

(ˈmɛθ eɪn; Brit. ˈmi θeɪn)

n.
a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, CH4, the main constituent of marsh gas and the firedamp of coal mines, obtained commercially from natural gas: the first member of the alkane series of hydrocarbons.
[1865–70]

meth·ane

(mĕth′ān′)
A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest of the hydrocarbons, having the formula CH4. It is the major constituent of natural gas and is released during the decomposition of plant or other organic compounds, as in marshes and coal mines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.methane - a colorless odorless gas used as a fuelmethane - a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
marsh gas - methane gas produced when vegetation decomposes in water
alkane, alkane series, methane series, paraffin series, paraffin - a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
natural gas, gas - a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes
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