gas

noun
\ ˈgas How to pronounce gas (audio) \
plural gases also gasses

Definition of gas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fluid (such as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely
2a : 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 gas— H. 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

verb
gassed; gassing

Definition of gas (Entry 2 of 2)

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
2a : to treat chemically with gas
b : to poison or otherwise affect adversely with gas
3 slang : to please greatly

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun President Trump arrived in the emerging coronavirus hotspot of Midland-Odessa this week to raise campaign money and lend his support to the struggling Texas oil and gas industry. Houston Chronicle, "As Trump stumps for oil industry support in Texas, COVID-19 steals the show," 30 July 2020 Trump focused most of his speech in Midland, Texas, on politics, framing his opponent Joe Biden’s clean energy plans as a threat to oil and gas (with some exaggeration along the way). Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: No easy fix for upgrading power lines to deliver wind and solar power, energy regulator says," 30 July 2020 French energy giant Total SA is writing down the value of its oil-and-gas assets by $8.1 billion after lowering its oil-price expectations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Total Takes $8 Billion Write-Down as Coronavirus Undercuts Oil-Price Forecast," 29 July 2020 Oil and gas prices are low and coal production is down as people stay home and use less electricity, causing utility companies to buy less coal to burn in power plants. USA TODAY, "Post-rally surge, PPE stocks, antibody study: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2020 Not only was tourism devastated, but another major industry in the city — its massive port for oil and gas exports — suffered from declining demand and plunging oil prices. J. David Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "In Texas beach city, out-of-towners drove in an outbreak," 11 July 2020 Rather than focusing on a peaceful resolution, the U.S. has been consumed with Russia and resuming oil and gas production in Libya. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.," 10 July 2020 Others in sectors ranging from oil and gas to retail and aviation have similarly suffered in navigating the pandemic. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Muji U.S. joins the growing list of companies filing for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic," 10 July 2020 The plan doesn’t fully grapple with the crisis now gripping oil and gas companies, and the financial sector that supports them. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Limits of Democrats’ Climate Progress," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There's no telling how long TJ will have this drag on for, and some players will gas out. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Where's Dee?," 18 June 2020 Montgomery:Attendants are coming out to gas up cars, clean windshields and even deliver food and drinks from inside at a dozen MAPCO stations nationwide, including one in Montgomery. USA TODAY, "Rock Hall, Hard Rock resort, full-service gas: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2020 The video is set to triumphant music, without including any of his threatening language or images of protesters being tear-gassed that preceded the PR stunt. cleveland, "D.C. bishop calls Trump photo op ‘antithetical to everything we as a church stand for’ in ‘CBS This Morning’ interview," 2 June 2020 Another farmer has considered gassing his animals after loading them into a truck. Michael Corkery, BostonGlobe.com, "Meat plant closures mean pigs are gassed or shot instead," 14 May 2020 Another farmer has considered gassing his animals after loading them into a truck. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Meat Plant Closures Mean Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead," 14 May 2020 The others, old people, many women and especially children and babies, were gassed to death soon after arrival. Time, "'You Can Feel the Emptiness There.' Auschwitz Survivor Reflects on 75th Anniversary of Nazi Death Camp's Liberation," 22 Jan. 2020 With more people back to work or engaging in recreational activities, more are likely to visit the gas pump, not only to gas up their cars, but their boats or lawnmowers, for example. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how a state Senate task force would get people back to work amid coronavirus crisis," 16 Apr. 2020 Learning about the Yale study's findings on the level of off-gassing from human bodies and clothing was not surprising, said Narula, who was not involved in the study. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "It's not just secondhand smoke that is dangerous. Thirdhand smoke can be, too," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gas

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1852, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gas

Noun

New Latin, alteration of Latin chaos space, chaos

Verb

derivative of gas entry 1

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3 Aug 2020

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“Gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for gas

gas

noun
How to pronounce gas (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance (such as oxygen or hydrogen) that is like air and has no fixed shape
: a gas or mixture of gases that is burned as a fuel
US : gas in your stomach and intestines that causes pain or discomfort

gas

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gas (Entry 2 of 2)

: to poison or kill (someone) with gas
US : to put gasoline in (a car, truck, etc.)

gas

noun
\ ˈgas How to pronounce gas (audio) \
plural gases

Kids Definition of gas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance (as oxygen or hydrogen) having no fixed shape and tending to expand without limit
3 : a gas or a mixture of gases used to make a person unconscious (as for an operation)
4 : a substance that poisons the air or makes breathing difficult
6 : a gaseous product of digestion or the discomfort caused by it

gas

verb
gassed; gassing; gasses

Kids Definition of gas (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to poison with gas “Her boy was gassed in the trenches,” Grandma said.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
2 : to supply with gas Gas up the car.

gas

noun
\ ˈgas How to pronounce gas (audio) \
plural gases also gasses

Medical Definition of gas

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
gassed; gassing

Medical Definition of gas (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to treat chemically with gas
2 : to poison or otherwise affect adversely with gas

Medical Definition of GAS (Entry 3 of 3)

general adaptation syndrome

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