Definition of British thermal unit in English:

British thermal unit

noun

  • The amount of heat needed to raise 1 lb of water at maximum density through one degree Fahrenheit, equivalent to 1.055 × 103 joules.

    • ‘Propane heaters are rated in British thermal units, and are typically found in the 10,000 to 50,000 BTU range (larger sizes are also available).’
    • ‘Through the 1990s, gas prices were among the world's lowest, averaging $2 per million British thermal units (BTUs).’
    • ‘The British thermal unit content of natural gas is approximately one-sixth the BTU content of oil.’
    • ‘Consider that a barrel of oil has roughly the same energy as 6 million British thermal units of natural gas, a ratio that usually keeps the two commodities trading more or less in sync.’
    • ‘The gas, amounting to 243.27 trillion British thermal units in total, will come from Rancak, Pagerungan and Terang Sirasun fields in the province.’
    • ‘On Friday, gas for delivery in November closed at $13.4 per million British thermal units - in 2003, it averaged just $4.40.’
    • ‘In 1973, the US consumed 20 million British thermal units of energy to produce $1 of gross domestic product.’
    • ‘The fertilizer firm's contract with Exxon to supply natural gas at US $2.3 per million British thermal unit expired at the end of last month.’
    • ‘Natural-gas futures are up 79 percent since the year began and touched a record US $11.899 per million British thermal units yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.’
    • ‘Petronas will supply 145 billion British thermal unit per day to Tambak Lorok, at a price of US $2.78 per million British thermal unit, said Ali.’
    • ‘One Btu, British thermal unit, is roughly equivalent to burning one kitchen match.’
    • ‘Under the building code, every new and remodeled home in Pitkin County must meet a strict ‘energy budget’ of approximately 40,000 British thermal units per square foot.’
    • ‘Any system greater than 15,000 British thermal units per hour must have such controls.’
    • ‘The price of natural gas sold to the LIC sector will be reduced by 20 cents per million British thermal unit, and will take effect from December 1, 2004.’
    • ‘Natural gas for October delivery rose US $0.046, or 1.4 percent, to US $3.296 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.’
    • ‘When gas hit $10 per million British thermal units in late 2000, a lot of power plants and businesses switched to other fuels.’
    • ‘Gasoline futures, which have been near record territory recently, fell US $0.0113 to US $1.8292 per gallon while natural gas prices eased US $0.1490 to US $13.226 per million British thermal units.’
    • ‘Today the world produces and consumes nearly 400 quadrillion British thermal units of power.’
    • ‘The price of LNG is currently set at between US $2.20 and $2.40 per million British thermal unit.’
    • ‘Most energy companies use natural gas to fire their generators, and the industrial price of natural gas has climbed to $7.22 per million British thermal units from $6.05 a year earlier.’