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

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 President Biden has pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% to 52%. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 The judge said the government's previous review of the program during the Trump administration had not adequately considered the climate damage from coal's greenhouse gas emissions, among other effects. Landon Mion, Fox News, 13 Aug. 2022 The largest public power company in the U.S., the Tennessee Valley Authority, launched a program this year to develop and fund new small modular nuclear reactors as part of its strategy to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jennifer Mcdermott, Fortune, 13 Aug. 2022 The more than 725-page Senate bill has nearly $370-billion investments to address greenhouse gas emissions and about $60 billion to advance environmental justice and health equity. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2022 Analysts like those at the REPEAT Project at Princeton found the IRA's investments would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% below peak levels by 2030 -- most of the way to President Joe Biden's goal of cutting emissions in half. Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News, 12 Aug. 2022 The US Congress passed the biggest climate bill in the country’s history on Friday, clearing the way for a clean tech boom that is expected to create millions of jobs, save consumers money on energy bills, and deeply slash greenhouse gas emissions. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 12 Aug. 2022 Coal combustion for electricity remains one of the top sources of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, even after many power plants shut down over the past decade because of concerns over pollution and changing economic conditions. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2022 By 2030 the state will need to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half in order to stay on track to go carbon neutral by 2045. Katherine Swartz, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The already expensive trip came with an unexpected cost: The price for a gallon of unleaded at Death Valley’s Furnace Creek gas station, the only place to gas up for miles, was $8.25. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Nobody wanted oil in general in spring 2020, when global stay-at-home orders meant nobody needed to gas up and get to the office. Julianne Pepitone, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 Over the course of an hour, more people used the station as a cut-through to skip a long light than to gas up for $6.99 a gallon. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Members of the militia group the Oath Keepers, it was later revealed, had planned to trap members of Congress in a tunnel and to gas them. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 6 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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

16 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for gas

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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