poison gas


Definition of poison gas

: a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill, injure, or disable by inhalation or contact

Examples of poison gas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From aerial combat to poison gas, WWI introduced terrifying new combat technology on a previously unimaginable scale, and soldiers left the front shattered. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How PTSD went from ‘shell-shock’ to a recognized medical diagnosis," 16 June 2020 Medical professionals and human-rights groups say that Syrian military helicopters dropped weapons containing poison gas that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine and a nerve agent. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "U.S. Presses Allies to Back a Military Strike on Syria," 10 Apr. 2018 In Syria, Assad’s strategy relied heavily on aerial attacks—using poison gas, indiscriminate shelling, and barrel bombs to terrorize the population, until everyone except the rebels fled. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019 Tragedy keeps chasing a Syrian man who lost his 9-month-old twins in a 2017 poison gas attack. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Living on the streets, dying on the streets," 5 Sep. 2019 Common methods used throughout our history include axes, hatchets, blunt objects, knives, hanging, drowning, poison gas, poison, fire, and aircraft (and not just on 9/11). Clayton E. Cramer, National Review, "Mass Murder without Guns," 7 Aug. 2019 According to witnesses, the attack included the use of poison gas, Alexandra Zavis, Nabih Boulos and Tracy Wilkinson wrote. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Washington holds its breath, waiting for Trump to fire: What? Or whom?," 13 Apr. 2018 Even as Nazi scientists were experimenting with new and potent poison gases, including nerve agents like sarin, some of which were manufactured by concentration camp prisoners, Hitler chose not to endorse their use against Allied soldiers. Lily Rothman, Time, "A Long, Brutal History of Chemical Weapons Lies Behind Trump's Decision to Order Airstrikes in Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog voiced concern Tuesday that Syria may still possess such weapons after inspectors discovered traces of what could be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas at a Syrian research facility. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2019," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of poison gas

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poison gas was in 1816

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4 Jul 2020

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“Poison gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20gas. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poison gas

: gas that can cause a person to die or to become very sick : poisonous gas

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Medical Definition of poison gas

: a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill, injure, or disable by inhalation or contact

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