What does biomass mean?

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ˈbaɪ oʊˌmæsbiomass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. biomass(noun)

    plant materials and animal waste used as fuel

  2. biomass(noun)

    the total mass of living matter in a given unit area


  1. biomass(Noun)

    The total mass of all living things within a specific area, habitat etc.

  2. biomass(Noun)

    Vegetation used as a fuel, or source of energy, especially if cultivated for that purpose.


  1. Biomass

    Biomass is biological material from living, or recently living organisms, most often referring to plants or plant-derived materials. As a renewable energy source, biomass can either be used directly, or indirectly—once or converted into another type of energy product such as biofuel. Biomass can be converted to energy in three ways: thermal conversion, chemical conversion, and biochemical conversion. Historically, humans have harnessed biomass-derived energy products since the time when people began burning wood to make fire. In modern times, the term can be referred to in two meanings. In the first sense, biomass is plant matter used either to generate electricity, or to produce heat. Biomass-derived energy also holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, a significant contributor to global warming, as carbon dioxide acts as a “greenhouse” gas by trapping heat absorbed by the earth from the sun. Although the burning of biomass releases as much carbon dioxide as the burning of fossil fuels, biomass burning does not release “new carbon” into the atmosphere, which the burning of fossil fuels does. This is because carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels was carbon that was fixated via photosynthesis millions of years ago that had been locked in the hydrocarbons of fossil fuels.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Biomass

    Total mass of all the organisms of a given type and/or in a given area. (From Concise Dictionary of Biology, 1990) It includes the yield of vegetative mass produced from any given crop.

Editors Contribution

  1. biomass

    Human being excrement, plant materials and animal excrement used for energy production, fuel production or power production.

    The biomass plant used to use peat, now they use human being excrement, plant materials and animal excrement.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 9, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of biomass in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of biomass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of biomass in a Sentence

  1. Masanobu Shimada:

    We can get an idea about biomass from the shading of its images.

  2. Korneel Rabaey:

    We can look for new enzymes which could be used to degrade tough biomass.

  3. Angelos Anastasiou:

    This is positive news for the company, and it could even potentially lead to the government having a more positive outlook on the base load potential of biomass.

  4. Craig Scott:

    Renewable energies (including) micro hydro, solar and biomass have high capital costs in the short-term, but they are sustainable versus the long-term pain of diesel.

  5. Yoon Jong-Keun:

    The shutdown of 10 old coal power plants will not affect the country's power supply as we can replace them with alternative energy like biomass and renewables gradually.

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