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 During the rescue attempt, poison gas killed two more individuals, Daniel Lyle and Selwyn Taylor. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 The war continued to rage for several more years, with Syrian forces using poison gas, imposing starvation sieges on rebellious communities and reducing residential neighborhoods to rubble through bombing campaigns. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 And not just because there’s an onrushing cloud of poison gas dispensing the gift of global annihilation like a malevolent Santa working through a naughty list that includes every living person on Earth. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Some people interned in Sachsenhausen were murdered with Zyklon-B, the poison gas also used in other extermination camps where millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 April 22-May 25, 1915 - Second Battle of Ypres, marking the first wide-scale use of poison gas by Germany. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 July 2021 Guards subjected torture victims to electric shocks, doused them with poison gas and burned them. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 One tense predicament replaces another, from poison gas attacks to mutinous passengers to orders to kill the co-pilot or shoot down the plane. Malcom Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Nearly 30 years after Arizona voters abolished the gas chamber, the Department of Corrections is buying supplies to make poison gas and preparing to execute death row inmates. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of poison gas

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Poison gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20gas. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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