coalification
noun Date: 1911 a process in which vegetable matter becomes converted into coal of increasingly higher rank with anthracite as the final productcoalify transitive verb

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  • coalification — [kōl΄ə fi kā′shən] n. [ COAL + I + FICATION] the process by which vegetable matter is transformed into coal …   English World dictionary

  • coalification — /koh leuh fi kay sheuhn/, n. Geol. the conversion of plant material into coal by natural processes, as by diagenesis and, in some instances, metamorphism. [1910 15; COAL + I + FICATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • coalification — noun The formation of coal by the gradual heating and compression of organic matter, normally via peat …   Wiktionary

  • coalification — coal·i·fi·ca·tion …   English syllables

  • coalification — coal•i•fi•ca•tion [[t]ˌkoʊ lə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən[/t]] n. mir gel the conversion of plant material into coal by natural processes, as by diagenesis and, in some instances, metamorphism • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • coalification — ˌkōləfə̇ˈkāshən noun ( s) : the process in which vegetable matter becomes converted into coal of increasingly higher rank with anthracite as the final product …   Useful english dictionary

  • coal — coalless, adj. /kohl/, n. 1. a black or dark brown combustible mineral substance consisting of carbonized vegetable matter, used as a fuel. Cf. anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite. 2. a piece of glowing, charred, or burned wood or other… …   Universalium

  • coal mining — Coal was very important in the economic development of Britain. It was used as fuel in the factories built during the Industrial Revolution and continued to be important until the 1980s. The main coalfields are in north east England, the north… …   Universalium

  • lignite — lignitic /lig nit ik/, adj. /lig nuyt/, n. a soft coal, usually dark brown, often having a distinct woodlike texture, and intermediate in density and carbon content between peat and bituminous coal. [1800 10; LIGN + ITE1] * * * Yellow to dark… …   Universalium

  • coal utilization — Introduction        combustion of coal or its conversion into useful solid, gaseous, and liquid products. By far the most important use of coal is in combustion, mainly to provide heat to the boilers of electric power plants. Metallurgical coke… …   Universalium

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