What does methane mean?

Definitions for methaneˈmɛθ eɪn; Brit. ˈmi θeɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. methane(noun)

    a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel


  1. methane(Noun)

    The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH, being a constituent of natural gas.

    Cattle emit a large amount of methane.

  2. methane(Noun)

    Any of very many derivatives of methane.

  3. Origin: From methyl + -ane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Methane(noun)

    a light, colorless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. See Marsh gas, under Gas

  2. Origin: [See Methal.]


  1. Methane

    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

  1. Methane

    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

  1. Methane

    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)

Editors Contribution

  1. methane

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of methane in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of methane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Will Allison:

    Ours was the first rule to directly regulate methane.

  2. Christopher Webster:

    Because of the way it [the methane] behaves, we believe it's a smaller, closer source [rather] than it is a bigger, further away source.

  3. GasLog:

    GasLog Ltd has entered into an agreement with Methane Services Ltd to acquire two modern tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carriers for a cost of $460 million.

  4. John Stansberry:

    That this material coats only the upper slopes of the peaks suggests methane ice may act like water in Earth's atmosphere, condensing as frost at high altitude.

  5. Sushil Atreya:

    We’re really not in a position from these data to say one way or the other what the origin of the methane is, because we are seeing signals here it’s worth coming back and doing more work.

Images & Illustrations of methane

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