illuminating gas


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il·lu·mi·nat·ing gas

(i-lū'mi-nāt-ing gas)
A synthetic mixture of methane, ethylene, and hydrogen produced by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal and used for lighting.

illuminating gas

A mixture of various combustible gases including hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Its poisonous effects are largely due to carbon monoxide.
See also: gas
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But Hiram would move forward with his inventions, particularly in the field of machinery for generating illuminating gas.