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 In the current election cycle, Manchin has received more campaign donations from the oil, coal, and gas industries than any other senator, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets, a research organization that tracks political spending. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 When cattle waste gets into the soil, the ammonia converts into the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Inficon says using a gas analyzer to detect solvents from the electrolyte the ELT 3000 can spot battery leaks 1,000 times smaller than other current system. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Some gas station owners who spoke at the news conference have gas stations in Washington Park, Stony Island, Wrightwood and Brainerd, all on the South Side. Jade Yan, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Several residents complained of smelling gas in the hallways and parking garage for months leading up to Sunday’s explosion, and an Atlanta Gas Light technician was en route to investigate a complaint when the blast occurred. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 The announcement of the battery storage system comes the same week the SRP board of directors decided to move forward with an expansion of a gas-burning power plant in Coolidge that could cost as much as $953 million. Isabella Martillaro, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 Many countries, including the U.S., are not meeting their greenhouse gas reduction aims. Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Ford is investing in this EV Lightning as well as hybrid and gas F-150 versions as consumer demands shift. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Your therapist can gas on about her divorce to HER therapist. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 Your therapist can gas on about her divorce to HER therapist. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2021 Your therapist can gas on about her divorce to HER therapist. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Your therapist can gas on about her divorce to her therapist. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 Some smaller airports across the country are running out of fuel for commercial jets, and American Airlines is warning pilots to prepare for the possibility of not being able to gas up at some stops. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 26 July 2021 Big Easy starts to gas out and slow up Jonna, while Jemmye can't stop puking, slowing down Mark. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 21 May 2021 Pull out the duct tape, gas up the taxi squad and keep Triple-A El Paso on speed dial. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Below, Utica shares an exclusive playlist with Billboard, featuring the songs that gas her up on a day-to-day basis. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for gas

gas

noun

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
: 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
: 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
5 : gasoline
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

gas

transitive verb
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

GAS

abbreviation

Medical Definition of GAS (Entry 3 of 3)

general adaptation syndrome

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