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 The Army has 158 installations worldwide; more than 132,000 miles of infrastructure for electric, gas, sewer and water; and over one billion square feet of office space. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 15 June 2021 Upon completion, Nordstream 2 would deliver gas from Russia directly to Germany across the Baltic Sea, bypassing existing routes in Eastern Europe. Tim Morrison, National Review, 14 June 2021 Still, Rofer, the retired nuclear scientist, warns that a gas leak could indicate bigger problems. Zachary Cohen, CNN, 14 June 2021 The new service includes unlimited free grocery delivery, Scan and Go in-store shopping and gas discounts, among other perks. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The average gas price in Florida hit its highest level — $4.08 — on July 17, 2008. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 14 June 2021 Russian-speaking criminals is the allegation— are targeting the American way of life: food, gas, water, hospitals— transport. NBC News, 14 June 2021 Ratings firms in recent months have either cut the credit outlooks of oil-and-gas companies or outright downgraded them, citing risks associated with the transition to green power and other factors. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 14 June 2021 After an hour’s wait he was only allowed to buy enough gas for a quarter tank. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Lane Kiffin’s group leads the SEC averaging 536 yards in this young season with quick quarterbacks and schemes that can gas a defense. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 6 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 13 Aug. 2020 This was a large contrast from recent weeks, where federal officers would gas crowds nightly. oregonlive, 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, 18 June 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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17 Jun 2021

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

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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