Noun Acetylene Definition and Examples







A colourless pungent-smelling hydrocarbon gas, which burns with a bright flame, used in welding and formerly in lighting.
  1. 'Observers have long known that Titan's atmosphere contains methane, ethane, acetylene and many other hydrocarbon compounds.'
  2. 'To transport gaseous substances such as propane or acetylene economically, they must be compressed greatly to fit into containers of a reasonable size.'
((n.) A gaseous compound of carbon and hydrogen, in the proportion of two atoms of the former to two of the latter. It is a colorless gas, with a peculiar, unpleasant odor, and is produced for use as an illuminating gas in a number of ways, but chiefly by the action of water on calcium carbide. Its light is very brilliant.)

noun, Chemistry.

1. a colorless gas, C 2 H 2 , having an etherlike odor, produced usually by the action of water on calcium carbide or by pyrolysis of natural gas: used especially in metal cutting and welding, as an illuminant, and in organic synthesis.


"There can be acetylene torches."
"There can be acetylene lights."
"There can be acetylene lamps."
"There can be acetylene flames."
"There can be acetylene equipments."
"There can be acetylene cylinders."
"There can be acetylene carbonates."
"acetylenes can be through purchases."
"acetylenes can be in countries."

Mid 19th century: from acetic acid + -yl + -ene.

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