Example sentences for: phlogiston

How can you use “phlogiston” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The year before the outbreak of the American Revolution, Priestley succeeded in removing from air, so he thought, the substance called phlogiston which was thought to be what put fires out, and dubbed his dephlogisticated air oxygen because he supposed it to be an essential ingredient of acids (Greek oxy -, sharp—as in oxymoron —plus - gen , related to the verb gignomai , I become, happen, am born) .

  • For instance, just because we now know that the alkahest (or alcahest ), phlogiston , and the philosopher's stone do not exist, they must still be listed in dictionaries, just as the words for abstract notions like honesty, integrity, beauty, truth , and so forth have a place.

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