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coal  


      n  
1   
a    a compact black or dark-brown carbonaceous rock consisting of layers of partially decomposed vegetation deposited in the Carboniferous period: a fuel and a source of coke, coal gas, and coal tar  
   See also       anthracite       bituminous coal       lignite       peat   1  
b    (as modifier)  
coal cellar, coal merchant, coal mine, coal dust     
2    one or more lumps of coal  
3       short for       charcoal  
4    coals to Newcastle   something supplied where it is already plentiful  
5    haul (someone) over the coals   to reprimand (someone)  
      vb  
6    to take in, provide with, or turn into coal  
     (Old English col; related to Old Norse kol, Old High German kolo, Old Irish gual)  
  coaly      adj  


bituminous coal  
      n   a soft black coal, rich in volatile hydrocarbons, that burns with a smoky yellow flame. Fixed carbon content: 46--86 per cent; calorific value: 1.93x1073.63x107 J/kg,   (Also called)    soft coal  
brown coal  
      n      another name for       lignite  
cannel coal   , cannel  
      n   a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame  
     (C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame)  
coal gas  
      n   a mixture of gases produced by the distillation of bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting: consists mainly of hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide  
coal heaver  
      n   a workman who moves coal  
coal hole  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   a small coal cellar  
Coal Measures  
      pl n  
the   a series of coal-bearing rocks formed in the upper Carboniferous period; the uppermost series of the Carboniferous system  
coal miner's lung  
      n      an informal name for       anthracosis  
coal oil  
      n  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)   petroleum or a refined product from petroleum, esp. kerosene  
2    a crude oil produced, together with coal gas, during the distillation of bituminous coal  
coal pot  
      n   a cooking device using charcoal, consisting of a raised iron bowl and a central grid  
Coal Sack  
      n   a dark nebula in the Milky Way close to the Southern Cross  
coal scuttle  
      n   a domestic metal container for coal  
coal tar  
      n   a black tar, produced by the distillation of bituminous coal, that can be further distilled to yield benzene, toluene, xylene, anthracene, phenol, etc.  
coal-tar pitch  
      n   a residue left by the distillation of coal tar: a mixture of hydrocarbons and finely divided carbon used as a binder for fuel briquettes, road surfaces, and carbon electrodes  
coal tit  
      n   a small European songbird, Parus ater, having a black head with a white patch on the nape: family Paridae (tits)  
gas coal  
      n   coal that is rich in volatile hydrocarbons, making it a suitable source of domestic gas  
hard coal  
      n      another name for       anthracite  
  
Compare  
    soft coal  
soft coal  
      n      another name for       bituminous coal  
steam coal  
      n   coal suitable for use in producing steam, as in a steam-boiler  
white coal  
      n   water, esp. when flowing and providing a potential source of usable power  
wood coal  
      n      another name for       lignite       charcoal  
Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus  
carry coal to Newcastle exp.
spend time and energy doing something that is pointless
expression arisen in the 15th century when Newcastle (England) was a major exporter of coal

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n.
poisonous gas that pollutes the air in coal mines

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