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Definition of town gas in English:

noun

British
Old-fashioned term for coal gas.
Example sentences
  • In the 1960s, when breathing gas from domestic ovens was the most common method of committing suicide, the lowering of carbon monoxide levels in town gas led to a fall of a third in the overall suicide rate.
  • Twelve million people all over the country - mainly working class families - are not yet connected to town gas and rely on butane gas bottles for cooking and heating.
  • The conversion of coal to coke made cheaper iron ore smelting possible and simultaneously produced town gas, used from the early 19th cent. for lighting.

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