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

This approach saves time, gas and, for some, sanity. Author: Laura Daily, Anchorage Daily News, "How to save money during back-to-school mania this year," 11 Aug. 2019 The price of gas, which once boosted firms’ profits, briefly fell below zero this spring, when companies were paying customers to take the stuff off their hands amid a supply glut. The Economist, "Investors fee the Permian," 9 Aug. 2019 Excluding Houston, which has seen employment growth in oil and gas, Texas' employment in the industry has fallen by nearly 5,500 jobs in the first half of 2019. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Nation’s rig count falls again as energy sector slows," 9 Aug. 2019 In 1995, a sarin poison-gas attack killed 13 and injured many more. Clayton E. Cramer, National Review, "Mass Murder without Guns," 7 Aug. 2019 That’s all good news because the UK legally committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The UK now consumes as much energy as 50 years ago—with an economy three times larger," 5 Aug. 2019 Step three involves the Cash Envelope System: after getting steps one and two done, you’re left to figure out how much to set aside for things like groceries, gas, entertainment and outings. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Mom, 33, Pays Off $77K Debt Thanks to These 3 Budgeting Methods: ‘First Comes Awareness’," 31 July 2019 In 1980, these two scientists proposed the notion that a meteor the size of a mountain slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, filling the atmosphere with gas, dust, and debris that drastically altered the climate. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?," 31 July 2019 Applicants will need to provide a copy of their seasonal utility bill – meaning power, cooling, gas, propane, etc. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Behind on your utility bills? Here’s where you can find help," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After 26 minutes of practice Sunday, Brown was already gassed. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s observations on Ravens’ rookie receiver Marquise Brown," 12 Aug. 2019 Activists who insisted on marching were tear-gassed and many were detained. Elif Shafak, Quartz, "Nationalism is thriving using the very mechanism it denounces," 6 Aug. 2019 Andre Iguodala was gassed from the jump of this series, hobbled by a calf injury and a long NBA career. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies," 13 June 2019 Puerto Ricans demonstrated against Rosselló over the weekend, and police gassed some protesters last night in San Juan. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 16: Racist tweets, Assange, Puerto Rico, teens & screens," 16 July 2019 On fur farms, mink, foxes and rabbits are kept in small, filthy cages their entire lives before being anally electrocuted, gassed or bludgeoned to death. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: With anti-cruelty bill California can be a leader in compassion," 2 July 2019 But to go in that current and try to maintain a position without falling backwards for 30 seconds, I was gassed. National Geographic, "The Path to ‘Uncharted’ – Gordon Ramsay Seeks Culinary Inspiration in Far Flung Places," 2 July 2019 Reeb’s death followed the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson in neighboring Perry County and the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that ended when police gassed and clubbed peaceful protesters. al.com, "Podcast ‘White Lies’ finds fourth attacker in unsolved Selma murder case," 18 June 2019 The veteran is gassed and playing through injury, but excuses don’t change the fact that the Warriors are down 3-1. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The big thing that must happen if the Warriors are to come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit," 10 June 2019

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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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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
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
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
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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