• WordNet 3.6
    • n anthracite a hard natural coal that burns slowly and gives intense heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anthracite A hard, compact variety of mineral coal, of high luster, differing from bituminous coal in containing little or no bitumen, in consequence of which it burns with a nearly non luminous flame. The purer specimens consist almost wholly of carbon. Also called glance coal and blind coal.
    • Anthracite See Anthracite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anthracite A variety of mineral coal (see coal) containing but little hydrogen, and therefore burning almost without flame. It is nearly pure carbon, containing usually over 90 and sometimes as much as 95 per cent. of that substance. It is hard (hence often called hard coal in distinction from soft or bituminous coal), breaks with a conchoidal fracture, and has a deep-black color and brilliant luster. It occurs in large quantity in eastern Pennsylvania, where it is extensively mined, and is almost the exclusive fuel used in the large cities and manufactories of New York and New England. It also occurs in the South Wales coal-fields in large quantities, and in many other localities, but is nowhere of so much practical importance as in the eastern United States.
    • anthracite Coal-black: as, the anthracite hawk, Urubitinga anthracina.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anthracite an′thras-īt a kind of coal that burns nearly without flame, smell, or smoke, consisting almost entirely of carbon, and not readily ignited
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anthracites, a kind of bloodstone; fr. Gr. like coals, fr. , , coal or charcoal. Cf. Anthrax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anthrakitēs, coal-like—anthrax, coal.


In literature:

I haven't stated that I now know who first used anthracite coal as a fuel, and when.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
At this mill anthracite was used for puddling in 1840.
"Peter Cooper" by Rossiter W. Raymond
Low-grade anthracite coal also occurs in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, and Idaho.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
More important than the steel strike in its effect upon the public was the strike of the miners in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
And I guess you could sell anthracite at a profit down there, too.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The surface of the molten metal is protected from oxidation by a layer of anthracite or charcoal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Anthracite coal first used as a fuel in the United States.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Cinto; but between the Gulfs of Porto and Galeria, schists, limestones and anthracite, containing fossils of Upper Carboniferous age, occur.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
There's a 40-foot anthracite seam in Pennsylvania.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Anthracite coal has the highest amount of fixed carbon.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers

In poetry:

A horizon howling, far from view,
darting its tongues and anthracite,
dragged me forever down the mute row,
my body, half naked, sliding from sight.
"Burned Forest" by Nichita Stanescu

In news:

Jon Beam couldn't help but quip that he and his collection of birds "flew in" to the Anthracite Heritage Museum Sunday.
Redmond, Porfirio top field at W. Pittston Anthracite 4 Mile.
In Luzerne County, during a presentation Saturday at the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
Employees of Lehigh Anthracite Coal (L. A.C.) in Tamauqua and Coaldale donated many new toys for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots campaign.
A company that has worked with the federal government is one of the leading options Northumberland County is considering to provide a life safety management system in the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.
The Anthracite Little League awarded trophies to 9/10 year old baseball players for various batting and pitching categories as well as sportsmanship and most improved.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer Keystone Iron Works volunteers take molten metal from an iron furnace during the Arts on Fire fundraiser to support the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates on Friday in Scranton.
The Blue Devils (5-2, 4-2 Anthracite Football League at times were all business at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
That is what the Anthracite Football League clash between Tamaqua and North Schuylkill could resemble come Friday night.
Police learned about the bomb Saturday afternoon and found it on a tree lawn on Anthracite Street.
MIKE STAUGAITIS/Staff Photo Northumberland County Chief Clerk Gary Steffen holds up a " booby trap" that was found on county land in the area of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in late August.
A pile of hard anthracite coal sits outside the D & D Anthracite Coal Co.
Tamaqua turned defensive to wrap its first Anthracite Football League championship on Saturday night.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Drury, president of the Mauch Chunk Museum, holds a display box of packets of anthracite coal.
From those campaigning for the Oval Office to sitting executives to former commanders in chief, presidential visits have always been treasured in the anthracite region.