a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH, being a constituent of natural gas.
Cattle emit a large amount of methane.
Any of very many derivatives of methane.
Origin: From methyl + -ane.
a light, colorless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. See Marsh gas, under Gas
Origin: [See Methal.]
Methane is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH 4. It is the simplest alkane and the main component of natural gas. The relative abundance of methane makes it an attractive fuel. However, because it is a gas at normal conditions, methane is difficult to transport from its source. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, more potent than carbon dioxide unit per unit. The concentration of methane in the Earth's atmosphere in 1998, expressed as a mole fraction, was 1745 nmol/mol, up from 700 nmol/mol in 1750. By 2008, however, global methane levels, which had stayed mostly flat since 1998, had risen to 1800 nmol/mol.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
meth′ān, n. marsh-gas, the simplest hydrocarbon, found wherever the decomposition of vegetable matter is taking place under water, also in coal-mines, forming when mixed with air the deadly fire-damp.—n. Methanom′eter.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The simplest saturated hydrocarbon. It is a colorless, flammable gas, slightly soluble in water. It is one of the chief constituents of natural gas and is formed in the decomposition of organic matter. (Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
Is a chemical compound.
In its natural state, methane is found both below ground and under the sea floor, where it often finds its way to the surface and the atmosphere where it is known as atmospheric methane, it is the main component of natural gas.
The numerical value of Methane in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Methane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- metàCatalan, Valencian
- metanNorwegian Nynorsk
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