poison gas

noun

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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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 Despite advances like the use of poison gas and armored tanks, both sides were trapped in trench warfare that claimed enormous numbers of casualties. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "What caused World War I and what were its effects?," 11 Apr. 2019 Readers were being presented with a fairly wide range of viewpoints in the popular press, on speed records and aviation developments but also threats of warfare and poison gas bombs. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A historian explains how people of the past imagined the future," 20 July 2018 The mission also is investigating allegations that poison gas was used in Douma, near the capital Damascus, in a deadly April 7 attack. Fox News, "Watchdog: Chlorine used in Syrian town of Saraqeb," 16 May 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency laboured to monitor Iraq’s nuclear-fuel cycle, but for other possible misbehaviour, including efforts to make poison gas or deadly germs, Mr Ekeus had to recruit his own team of experts. The Economist, "How Iraq was deprived of its weapons of mass destruction," 5 July 2018

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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poison gas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poison gas

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

poison gas

noun

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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