• WordNet 3.6
    • n lignite intermediate between peat and bituminous coal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lignite lĭg"nīt (Min) Mineral coal retaining the texture of the wood from which it was formed, and burning with an empyreumatic odor. It is of more recent origin than the anthracite and bituminous coal of the proper coal series. Called also brown coal wood coal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lignite Brown-coal; imperfectly formed coal, or that in which the original form of the wood is so distinctly preserved that it can be easily recognized by the unaided eye. Lignite usually contains considerably more hygroscopic water than does true coal, and is inferior to the latter as a fuel. It contains decidedly more oxygen than true coal, and in its general chemical composition stands midway between coal and wood. It is not limited to any particular geological formation, but is more abundant in the more recent strata. The fossil fuel of the Tertiary is almost all lignite; and in the Tertiary coal, where the vegetable structure may not perhaps be distinctly recognizable, the presence of 10 or 12 per cent, of water is an indication of imperfect conversion of the material into coal. There are, however, Tertiary coals which are nearly as free from water as those of Carboniferous age usually are, as, for instance, some of the coal of southern Colorado, which is either of very early Tertiary or late Cretaceous age.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lignite brown coal, coal retaining the texture of wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lignum, wood: cf. F. lignite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lignum, wood.


In literature:

I 'm certain it's only lignite.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Lignite is found on the east bank of the Nile opposite the town.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The conversion, also, of wood into lignite is probably more rapid under enormous pressure.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Partial layers of lignite and pieces of wood are found in these beds.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
In the vicinity of the towns are extensive lignite mines.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Some of the most valuable peat closely resembles lignite, and makes a good fuel.
"Geology" by James Geikie
This, too, was exclusive of lignite, the production of which in Germany is increasing still more rapidly.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
I found fossil-stumps of large trees and bits of lignite coal.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Band of Lignite 2 in.
"Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils" by Peter Gray
Besides this, from 7,000,000 to 8,000,000 tons of lignite come annually from Bohemia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
There are known to be some beds of lignite.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
The modern town is best known for its lignite coal-mines, from which Constantinople receives a good part of its supply.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
Deposits of lignite, lead, manganese and zinc are found.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
No chimney was there, with open gusty grate, more dreary than the lignite desolation of the bad lands.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
None of the lignites which I saw were as low in grade as the typical lignite.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
Holland has in Limburg a single mine of lignite coal.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
Lignite is worked in the neighbourhood.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
It has been burned up with the coals and lignites which underlaid the surface.
"A Summer's Outing" by Carter H. Harrison
The lignite found near the Colorado line makes a valuable domestic fuel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The coal is of the lignite variety and disintegrates rapidly.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews

In news:

Leland Olds Station's Lignite-Fired Power Plant Integrates Gearboxes, Efficient Motors, Pulleys and Shafting to Prevent Unplanned Downtime in Its Coal Conveyors.
Photo Courtesy of Mississippi Power Work is well under way on on Mississippi Power's new lignite -fired power plant, as shown in this aerial photo.
Construction on track at lignite power plant.
Lignite Council Meeting Video.
North Dakota`s oil industry has taken plenty of the thunder away from lignite , although coal is still a big part of our energy future.
Speakers at today`s 39th Annual Lignite Council Meeting say it`s important the federal government not stand in the way.
The Democratic candidate for North Dakota Public Service Commission outlined his plan Monday for making the state a hub of lignite coal technology.
How do I improve combustion of lignite coal.
I need to reduce the un-burnt carbon in a lignite -fired thermal power plant.
Drying Whets Lignite 's Prospects.
For Germany, lignite — or brown coal — remains an essential source of power.
Public Service Commission candidate Brad Crabtree said Thursday that an investment by state government in coal technology could make North Dakota a world leader in production of low-carbon energy from lignite .
LIGNITE A company drilling an exploratory well for potash in northern Burke County has nearly completed the work.
Officials toured the construction site of Mississippi Power's new lignite power plant in Kemper County on Wednesday.
A man walks on December 8, 2012 near the RWE lignite power plant in Bergheim, western Germany .