soft coal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soft coal rich in tarry hydrocarbons; burns readily with a smoky yellow flame
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Soft coal bituminous coal, as distinguished from anthracite, or hard, coal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Soft coal coal breaking off easily into small, irregular cubes, having beautiful shining lustre
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. col; cog. with Ice. kol, Ger. kohle.

Usage

In literature:

In regard to best methods of firing soft coal, see Technical Paper No.
"Engineering Bulletin No 1: Boiler and Furnace Testing" by Rufus T. Strohm
He wore a soft, gray felt hat, smeared with coal-dust from the engine.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
All these substances are now made from soft coal.
"The Youth's Companion" by Various
She had taken a chair before the soft-coal fire and was staring at it rather moodily.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
A wide black, soft-brimmed hat was set squarely on his coal black hair.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
The smoke From the soft coal, got long beyond a joke?
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
Even the funnels were protected against the tell-tale sparks of soft coal.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
For broiling, coal, even soft coal, makes a better fire than wood.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Soft coal 'ud seem bloomin' expensive, sir, if we got over'auled.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The judge was sitting near the grate, in which was burning a soft-coal fire.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
The coal is soft coal, and is sold by retail at from six to seven cents a bushel.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
These are intended for boring in coal, slate or other similar soft material.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
This is about the same as the density of gravel or soft coal, and is just about one quarter of the average density of the earth.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
Never had I felt so dirty as I did after a morning in the heat and soft coal smoke of Deep Harbor.
"I Walked in Arden" by Jack Crawford
The man was turning away to leave, having blown up the chafing-dish of live coal, when Ananda called softly to him.
"The Outcaste" by F. E. Penny
A little while ago an engineer running on one of the soft-coal roads of West Virginia suspected one of his fellows in the engine cab of drinking.
"The Railroad Problem" by Edward Hungerford
Also undeveloped outcrops of soft coal at numerous points on the same river.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
On a couch in the quiet reception-room, beside a softly crackling coal fire, sat the countess.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
Soft coal contains as much as 18 per cent of flame-making substances, and gives off a heavy smoke.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
Suburbs fine, but the city dirty from the soft coal they burn.
"Rose À  Charlitte" by Marshall Saunders
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In news:

Heading to St Johns, Newfoundland, with 950 tons of soft coal.
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