poison gas

noun

: 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 Detect bombs, poison gas clouds, and concealed weapons from afar! IEEE Spectrum, 7 Mar. 2024 For wolves, the most recent settlement prevents using poison gas or fire to kill wolf pups in dens. Keith Ridler, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Despite deploying powerful weapons, including poison gas, the Egyptians suffered terrible casualties and withdrew in 1967. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 On September 14, 2013, the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans the development, production, storage, and use of poison gas, welcomed its 190th member. Amy E. Smithson, Foreign Affairs, 18 Sep. 2013 Eventually, poison gas starts filling the apartment and Spider-Man escapes. George Yang, Variety, 22 Oct. 2023 The 1925 Geneva Protocol banning the use of poison gas grew out of the revulsion the weapon caused during World War I. Countries agreed to the ban despite claims that poison gas was more humane than other weapons—and despite the lack of any means of enforcing the ban other than retaliating in kind. M. Girard Dorsey, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 The Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult faced a dissolution measure following its poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. TIME, 12 Oct. 2023 Keep Learning: The 10 Biggest-Caliber Guns in the World 3 The Second Battle of Ypres On April 22, 1915, the German Army commenced an offensive against British and French forces using a new weapon: poison gas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poison gas was in 1816

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“Poison gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20gas. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

poison gas

noun
: a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill or injure

Medical Definition

poison gas

noun
: 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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