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Definition of "ethane" [eth•ane]

  • A colorless, odorless gaseous alkane, C2H6, that occurs as a constituent of natural gas and is used as a fuel and a refrigerant. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ethane" in a sentence
  • "The methyl cation so obtained then attacks a new molecule of methane and protonated ethane is formed."
  • "One day I discovered that one could get the barrier to internal rotation in ethane approximately right using this method."
  • "The Partnership has entered into a long-term ethane sales agreement with Williams Olefins, LLC, a subsidiary of the Williams Companies NYSE:"