gas

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noun

plural gases also gasses
1
: a fluid (such as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely
2
a
: a combustible gas or gaseous mixture for fuel or lighting
especially : natural gas
b
: a gaseous product of digestion
also : discomfort from this
c
: a gas or gaseous mixture used to produce anesthesia
d
: a substance that can be used to produce a poisonous, suffocating, or physically irritating atmosphere
3
: empty talk : bombast
His talk about quitting his job was all gas.
4
: gasoline
also : the accelerator pedal of an automotive vehicle
5
: driving force : energy
I was young, and full of gasH. L. Mencken
ran out of gas in the seventh inning
6
slang : something that gives pleasure : delight
the party was a gas
7
baseball, informal : fast and powerfully thrown pitches : smoke sense 8
That's Nate on the mound in the glossy photo in his dad's office, throwing gas in some Little League game.Austin Murphy

gas

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verb

gassed; gassing

intransitive verb

1
: to talk idly or garrulously
2
: to give off gas (see gas entry 1 sense 1)
3
: to fill the tank (as of an automobile) with gasoline
usually used with up

transitive verb

1
: to supply with gas or especially gasoline
gas up the car
2
a
: to treat chemically with gas
b
: to poison or otherwise affect adversely with gas
3
slang : to please greatly

GAS

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abbreviation

gender-affirming surgery; gender affirmation surgery
Gender-affirming surgery (GAS), which refers to any surgical procedure that modifies an individual's body in accordance with their gender identity and expression, is sought after by some transgender and gender nonbinary individuals.Alexandra Terris-Feldman et al.
Currently, there are many treatment options for gender dysphoria, including hormone treatment, … psychotherapy, and GAS.Hadal El-Hadi et al.

Examples of gas in a Sentence

Noun Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. We heat our house with gas. Do you have a gas stove or an electric one? The car gets good gas mileage. The car almost ran out of gas. He was driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. Verb soldiers gassed on the battlefield We stopped to gas the car. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This adaptability allows for efficient and cost-effective deployment without significant additional land use or environmental disruption, and also provides climate-positive careers to people who presently make a living mining for oil and gas. Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Economic Development - Fostering a business-friendly environment, promoting job creation, and attracting investments to diversify the economy beyond oil and gas. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Oil and gas majors have strategically pursued deals to enhance their production capabilities, underscoring the industry’s focus on delivering oil and gas as part of the energy mix. Andrea Guerzoni, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Aside from emission detection duties, Google and EDF intend to harness their AI programs to compile a worldwide map of oil and gas infrastructure systems to hone in what aspects rank as the worst offenders. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 14 Feb. 2024 Best of The Bee: Nearly three years after Newsom directed it, California’s oil and gas industry regulator kickstarted a process to outright ban hydraulic fracturing, the fossil fuel extraction method known as ‘fracking,’ via Ari Plachta. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 14 Feb. 2024 Climate news outlet Grist has a powerful investigation showing that more than a dozen universities continue to rake in huge amounts of money from Western lands taken from tribal nations — with the money often coming from oil and gas leasing. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 In addition, oil and gas prices have remained relatively flat of late as OPEC has been cutting production in an attempt to raise prices. Michelle Chapman, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Made primarily of methane, a heat-trapping gas, natural gas can leak from wells and pipelines, creating emissions that rival that of coal. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Prosecutors also alleged that Fritzl had threatened to kill Elisabeth and gas their children to death. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 1 Feb. 2024 Actually, the laser letdown was my only disappointment during a two-day stay in what many consider as the Arizona city best used as a place to gas up and catch a bite to eat before heading east to Tucson or west to San Diego. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 Perhaps the most recent example is George Santos, the far-right former congressman expelled for his compulsive lying and alleged campaign fundraising and credit card fraud, who has since pivoted to charging $350 on Cameo to gas up furries. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2024 Amanda wasn't afraid to gas up her husband-to-be at the time, either. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 Your brother should at the very least always return the car gassed up (that’s what anyone should do). Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Look at Frau Höss, sorting through clothing that has been stripped from those who are due to be gassed (the implication is clear, though never spelled out) and seeing what takes her fancy. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2023 This feels, to many European Jews, like the same blindness or insouciance that allowed millions of their forbears to be sent to Nazi camps to be gassed. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 And like McClanahan, two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom – who gassed his fastball up to 98.7 mph in this, the first year of a $185 million deal with Texas – underwent his second elbow reconstruction procedure in June. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

New Latin, alteration of Latin chaos space, chaos

Verb

derivative of gas entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1849, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gas was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gas

1 of 2 noun
plural gases also gasses
1
: a fluid (as hydrogen or air) that has no fixed shape and tends to expand without limit
2
a
: a gas or mixture of gases used as a fuel or as an anesthetic
b
: a gaseous product of digestion
c
: a fluid substance (as tear gas) that can be used to produce a poisonous or suffocating atmosphere
3
: unimportant talk : bombast
4
5
slang : something appealing or enjoyable
the party was a gas

gas

2 of 2 verb
gassed; gassing
1
: to supply with gas
gas up the car
2
a
: to treat with gas
b
: to poison with gas
3
: to talk idly

Medical Definition

gas

1 of 3 noun
plural gases also gasses
1
: a fluid (as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely
2
: a gaseous product of digestion
also : discomfort from this
3
: a gas or gaseous mixture used to produce anesthesia
4
: a substance that can be used to produce a poisonous, asphyxiating, or irritant atmosphere

gas

2 of 3 transitive verb
gassed; gassing
1
: to treat chemically with gas
2
: to poison or otherwise affect adversely with gas

GAS

3 of 3 abbreviation
1
2
gender-affirming surgery; gender affirmation surgery

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