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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.
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[C19: from meth(yl) + -ane]
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meth•ane(ˈmɛθ eɪn; Brit. ˈmi θeɪn)
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.
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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.
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|Noun||1.||methane - 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)
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methane[ˈmiːθeɪn] N → metano m
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methane[ˈmiːθeɪn] n → méthane m
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n → Methan nt
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methane[ˈmiːθeɪn] n → metano
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