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[gas-wurks] /ˈgæsˌwɜrks/
noun, plural gasworks. (used with a singular verb)
a plant where heating and illuminating gas is manufactured and piped to homes and buildings.
Also called gashouse.
Origin of gasworks
1810-20; gas + works (in the sense “manufacturing establishment”) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A Tramway or a gasworks consists of two things: the actual plant, and the nominal capital which represents its value.

  • I bought these gasworks and I own them, and I am satisfied to go on owning them.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • The corporation owns the water supply, public baths and wash-houses and the gasworks.

  • Gabriel felt humiliated by the failure of his irony and by the evocation of this figure from the dead, a boy in the gasworks.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • The price of them gasworks, accordin' to the latest quotations, was sixty thousand—but liable to advance without notice.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • The gasworks came in 1834, and about that date my father's three houses must have been built convenient for the London Road.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • The waterworks were stopped, and the city was left in darkness by the submergence of the gasworks.

  • We take over his "enterprise," his gasworks and waterworks, his docks and trams, his railways and mines.

  • In 1869 the corporation acquired the gasworks, the productive capacity 85 of which exceeds 70 million cub.

  • Something very simple, as was soon learned; the gasworks had just blown up.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for gasworks


(functioning as sing) a plant in which gas, esp coal gas, is made
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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