Methane meaning

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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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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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A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest hydrocarbon. 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. Methane is the first member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: CH4.
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(organic chemistry, uncountable) The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas.

Cattle emit a large amount of methane.

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(organic chemistry, countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane.
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A colorless, odorless, flammable, gaseous alkane, CH4, present in natural gas and formed by the decomposition of vegetable matter, as in marshes and mines, or produced artificially by heating carbon monoxide and hydrogen: it is the simplest alkane and is used as a fuel, a source of carbon black, etc.
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Origin of methane

  • From methyl + -ane.

    From Wiktionary