Definition of town gas in English:

town gas


  • old-fashioned term for coal gas
    • ‘In the 1960s, when breathing gas from domestic ovens was the most common method of committing suicide, the lowering of carbon monoxide levels in town gas led to a fall of a third in the overall suicide rate.’
    • ‘The conversion of coal to coke made cheaper iron ore smelting possible and simultaneously produced town gas, used from the early 19th cent. for lighting.’
    • ‘Twelve million people all over the country - mainly working class families - are not yet connected to town gas and rely on butane gas bottles for cooking and heating.’
    • ‘There was a fairish stage, and boxes, pit and gallery, and as soon as practicable illumination was by town gas.’