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

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This slice of the Ypres Salient hosted three major battles, including the one where German forces first used poison gas against the Allies. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Prussic acid is a leading ingredient in the new poison gas, which is being used by both the Germans and the allies in shells. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Wayback Machine: 101 California Street shooting kills eight in 1993," 5 July 2018 Some opposition activists in Douma posted photographs of people wearing gas masks saying that government forces are shelling the town with poison gas. Bassem Mroue, BostonGlobe.com, "Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, Mount Washington Valley has it all," 7 Apr. 2018 This was the second strike against Syria in a little over a year, in response to the second alleged use by the government of a poison gas against its citizens. Author: Louisa Loveluck, Liz Sly, Anchorage Daily News, "Assad is defiant as US-led strikes in Syria show no sign of threatening his hold on power," 15 Apr. 2018 Bashar Assad, accused of using poison gas again on his own people. Fox News, "Will President Trump retaliate against Syria?," 10 Apr. 2018 The government of President Bashar Assad has denied using poison gas. Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "After ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, Trump says a decision on US response is coming soon," 9 Apr. 2018 The worst elil is man, riding in his hrududu, coming with his traps and snares, his poison gas. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The air strikes were launched against three targets, each involved in Syria’s poison gas program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What You Should Know About the Syria Strike," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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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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