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methane

EN[ˈmɛθɛɪn] [ˈmiːθeɪn] [ˈmɛθeɪn] [-ɛθeɪn]
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  • Methane (/ˈmɛθeɪn/ or /ˈmiːθeɪn/) is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH4 (one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen). It is the simplest alkane and the main component of natural gas.
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    Definition of methane in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmethanesPREmeth-SUF-ane
    1. (organic chemistry) NU The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas.
      1. Cattle emit a large amount of methane.
    2. (organic chemistry) NC Any of very many derivatives of methane.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • The high impact derives from the farmstock fodder grown with chemicals, transport fuels, and the potent greenhouse gas methane from belching cattle and sheep.
        • When that occurs, the device does not measure the amount of methane that the second sensor would capture, and so it underrecords methane leakage rates.
        • We set out to study these ecosystems at methane seeps with the hypothesis that diverse epi- and endofauna may rely on AOM for substrate settlement, refuge and nutrition.
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • While life as we know it depends on oxygen, scientists have speculated that alien life forms might breathe chlorine or methane.
        • The fundamental types used to express the simplest and most essential chemical relations are hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and methane.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
          • Singularia tantum
            • Uncountable nouns
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        Meaning of methane for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "methane" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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