Part of speech: noun

A brilliant illuminating gas produced by the action of water on certain compounds of quicklime.

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Usage examples "acetylene":

  1. It was equipped with electrical apparatus to be used in the villages, and with acetylene light for the schoolhouses and country places where there was no electric current. - "The Making of a Country Parish", Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills.
  2. True, acetylene gas lamps properly protected from the wind could be made to light up the ground below when alighting, but at an altitude of even a mile, little can be seen of the landscape to guide one on one's course. - "Unexplored!", Allen Chaffee.
  3. And almost instantly the form of Harry, his acetylene lamp lighting up his bulbous, surprised countenance with its spraylike mustache, appeared at the mouth of the tunnel. - "The Cross-Cut", Courtney Ryley Cooper.