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 Oil and gas companies operating in the U.K. can carry forward tax losses and offset them against future profits. Laura Hurst, Bloomberg.com, "Premier Oil Is in Early Talks on Deal With Chrysaor," 15 Sep. 2020 In surrounding parishes, there is still some petrochemical and refinery operations that were impacted by the oil and gas market woes alongside industrial investment on hold. Kristen Mosbrucker, NOLA.com, "Here are 3 things you need to know about what’s next for the New Orleans economy through 2022," 15 Sep. 2020 The letter was sent to CEOs across a variety of industries, including major emitters like oil and gas companies, utilities, and transportation companies. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: The case for tripling federal spending on energy innovation," 15 Sep. 2020 For example, Button said, lawmakers should help the oil and gas industry bounce back because its taxes help fund schools, the state’s economic reserves, and other public services. James Barragán, Dallas News, "In key North Texas House race, Button touts experience, Chambers says district needs a ‘fighter’," 15 Sep. 2020 Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S. to global warming from the burning of coal, oil, and gas. Lindsay Whitehurst And Sara Cline, The Christian Science Monitor, "Death toll rises as firefighters battle West Coast wildfires," 14 Sep. 2020 Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S. to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas. CBS News, "Strong winds could fuel relentless wildfires in the West as death toll climbs," 14 Sep. 2020 Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S. to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Fires raise fight over climate change before Trump’s visit," 14 Sep. 2020 Abernathy transports oversized equipment for the oil and gas industry in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming and other states. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "‘Used-Mexicans’ billboard removed after blowup in Braunfels," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But when flying presents too much of a risk (and your pet may prefer to stay grounded anyway), the only option, really, is to gas up the car, requires more forethought. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Pack for Road Trips With Pets," 12 Aug. 2020 Critics have alleged that officers have been quick to indiscriminately gas largely peaceful crowds, when only a small number of individuals commit crimes such as throwing projectiles at officers and setting fires. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "Another Portland protest ended with tear gas after police declared a riot," 13 Aug. 2020 This was a large contrast from recent weeks, where federal officers would gas crowds nightly. oregonlive, "Portland’s 66th day of protests already underway with march in N. Portland," 1 Aug. 2020 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

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First Known Use of gas

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1849, 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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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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