Definition of Firedamp

1. Noun. A mixture of gases (mostly methane) that form in coal mines and become explosive when mixed with air.

Generic synonyms: Gas



Definition of Firedamp

1. Noun. (mining) An inflammable gas (mostly methane) found in coal mines; forms an explosive mixture with air. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Firedamp

1. a combustible gas [n -S]

Medical Definition of Firedamp

1. Methane or other light hydrocarbons forming an explosive mixture when mixed with 7 or 8 volumes of air. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Firedamp

firebrick
firebricks
firebug
firebugs
firecall
fireclay
fireclays
firecracker
firecrackers
firecrest
firecrests
fired
fired away
fired off
fired up
firedamp (current term)
firedamps
firedog
firedogs
firedrake
firedrakes
firee
fireeater
fireeaters
firees
firefang
firefanged
firefanging
firefangs
firefight

Literary usage of Firedamp

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1. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers by Institution of Civil Engineers (Great Britain) (1890)
"Explosives freely suspended in firedamp mixtures. Chapter III. ... Even explosives under water can inflame firedamp mixtures with air by means of the dust ..."

2. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1907)
"Effect of Other Gases and Dust on firedamp. The effect of the presence of other gases is to narrow or widen the explosive range of the firedamp according to ..."

3. The Colliery Manager's Handbook: A Comprehensive Treatise on the Laying-out by Caleb Pamely (1898)
"In the event of firedamp being found in troublesome quantities the simple workings were readily abandoned and fresh ones sought. The danger of explosion, ..."

4. Mine Gases and Explosions: Text-book for Schools and Colleges and for by James Thom Beard (1908)
"(d) Nitrogen acts to dilute firedamp and weakens its explosive force, ... When firedamp is at its most explosive point, one-sixth of its volume of nitrogen ..."

5. Coal Mining in Arkansas by Alvin Arthur Steel (1910)
"firedamp. Unless they are very near the surface, most coal seams give off more or less marsh-gas or 'firedamp' (methane). This is colorless and odorless and ..."

6. Transactions of the Manchester Geological Society by Manchester Geological Society (1902)
"In former times where safety lamps were used it was quite common to find accumulated firedamp, sometimes filling whole headings and occasionally the whole ..."

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