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

Examples of poison gas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Day by day our comrades are still dying from the effects of wounds, poison gas and disease contracted in the service of our country. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Iraq uses poison gas against the Kurdish people in Halabja in Northern Iraq. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 The poison gas caused intense pain, blindness, and the feeling of being strangled. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2020 Although badly scarred by poison gas on the battlefield, Judah has returned from Europe and attained a degree of power and wealth on the illicit streets of New Orleans. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2020 The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2020 In July 1915 issue, Popular Mechanics reported on a deadly new warfighting trend: the introduction of poison gas on the battlefield. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2020 On newsstands only a few months after the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, where the poison gas was used for the first time, the world was still grappling with the horrible new reality of the war on the Western Front. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2020

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Poison gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20gas. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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