One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colourless, odourless, highly flammable gas, the chemical element of atomic number 1.
- ‘Indeed it's thought that after the big bang the only elements around were hydrogen and helium.’
- ‘In composition it resembles a small star, with helium and hydrogen as the main gases.’
- ‘A fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen into water and in the process creates electricity that is used to power the car.’
- ‘In the water molecule there are three atoms: two of hydrogen and one of oxygen.’
- ‘He believes his firm will be in full commercial production turning silicon to hydrogen to be used to power cars.’
- ‘Once a star has burnt most of its hydrogen to helium, it starts to cool.’
- ‘The water could be used for drinking and also split into hydrogen and oxygen to make fuel for future trips.’
- ‘Energy is generated by the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen across a catalytic membrane.’
- ‘Chemically, oil is made up of chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen called fatty acid.’
- ‘The fuel cell combines hydrogen with oxygen from the air to generate electricity that powers the vehicle.’
- ‘Try substituting fluorine for hydrogen in some compounds and the consequences can be dramatic.’
- ‘For example, the formula of hydrochloric acid is HCl - one atom of hydrogen and one of chlorine.’
- ‘Food waste is turned into hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide by the heat of the exhaust.’
- ‘The elements of which water is composed, hydrogen and oxygen, both have stable isotopes.’
- ‘As the explosive mixture of hydrogen and oxygen ignited, the two turbopumps spun up to speed.’
- ‘We know that for a fact because we've measured the isotope ratio of deuterium and hydrogen.’
- ‘It was a very dry world, almost no water, and not much carbon, hydrogen or oxygen either.’
- ‘Pour in the water and watch it separate into hydrogen and oxygen, forming a gas to power your vehicle across the floor.’
- ‘We know that the Moon is low on certain chemicals such as hydrogen and carbon.’
- ‘Yes we can say that water is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen but how are these atoms combined to make this substance we call water?’
Hydrogen is the lightest of the chemical elements and has the simplest atomic structure, a single electron orbiting a nucleus consisting of a single proton. It is by far the commonest element in the universe, although not on the earth, where it occurs chiefly combined with oxygen as water
Late 18th century: coined in French from Greek hudro- ‘water’ + -genēs (see -gen).
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