gas

noun
\ ˈgas \
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 say a Trump administration proposal to bail out the coal industry will cut into their market share, while steel tariffs make their production equipment costlier. Coral Davenport And Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, "Are Trump’s policy decisions undermining industries he pledged to help?," 5 July 2018 Oil and gas companies say a Trump administration proposal to bail out the coal industry will cut into their market share, while steel tariffs make their production equipment costlier. New York Times, "How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help," 4 July 2018 Oil and gas companies pulled seven drilling rigs out of operation this week, the Houston energy services company Baker Hughes reported. Fuelfix Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Rig count slides by 7," 22 June 2018 The group has advocated a number of different methods along those lines from federal policies that require oil and gas companies to prevent leaks to pushing industry to implement new technology. Justin Worland, Time, "Is the Coming Natural Gas Boom Good for the Climate? Depends Who You Ask," 22 June 2018 Billboards in South Dakota accused Pruitt of favoring oil and gas companies. CBS News, "In Trump country, farmers protest Pruitt's ethanol policies," 15 June 2018 Norway, which heavily relies on oil and gas exports, has seen scant effect from the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. Sveinung Sleire, Bloomberg.com, "Norway’s PM Says the U.S. Is Losing Global Sway," 12 June 2018 Drillinginfo said mergers and acquisition in the oil and gas industry were valued at $30 billion in first six months of this year, compared with $45 billion in the first half of 2017. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Oil, gas deal surge likely in coming months," 11 July 2018 Back in 1950, the average car could travel 15 miles on a gallon of gas. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nakagawa and key members produced sarin at a cult compound and sprayed it from a van, in what was later regarded as an experiment for the subsequent subway gassing. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 But here is the use, the crossing of that red line that the previous administration set where innocent people are being gassed with weapons that the regime isn't supposed to have at all. Fox News, "Mixed media verdict on Syria bombing," 16 Apr. 2018 Hitler, who had served with German Jews in the war, spread the idea that Jews had been the enemy within, proposing that the German Army would have won had some of them been gassed to death. Timothy Snyder, New York Times, "How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?," 14 June 2018 He was gassed and wounded on June 12, according to a small pocket diary his descendants keep as a memento. Virginia Mayo, BostonGlobe.com, "Marines’ bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle," 27 May 2018 Bashar al-Assad has bombed, gassed and starved his enemies out of the biggest cities. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 Both Halep and Cahill thought Stephens looked a little gassed. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "4th time’s the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open," 9 June 2018 The idea was to lighten the load on P.J. Tucker, who played 44 minutes in Game 4 and was gassed late in the contest. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Clint Capela breaks through in Game 5 against Warriors," 25 May 2018 LeBron James, perhaps gassed from his herculean efforts to get the Cavs to the second round, shot just 12-of-30 in the game. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers have NBA's eyes wide open after 113-112 OT win over Raptors in Game 1," 2 May 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \
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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