What does butane mean?

butane meaning in General Dictionary

An inflammable gaseous saturated hydrocarbon C4H10 of the marsh gas or paraffin series

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  • does occur in propane; utilized in the manufacture of rubber and fuels
  • An inflammable gaseous hydrocarbon, C4H10, associated with the marsh fuel, or paraffin, series.

butane meaning in Etymology Dictionary

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1875, from butyl, hydrocarbon from butyric acid, a product of fermentation within rancid butter, from Latin butyrum (see butter (letter.)) + chemical suffix -ane.


butane meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) An inflammable gaseous hydrocarbon, C4H10, associated with marsh gas, or paraffin, series.