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Idioms about gas

    step on the gas, Informal. to increase the speed of one's movement or activity; hurry: We'd better step on the gas or we'll be late for the concert.

Origin of gas

First recorded in 1650–60; coined by J. B. van Helmont (1577–1644), Flemish chemist; suggested by Greek cháos “atmosphere”

OTHER WORDS FROM gas

gasless, adjectivenon·gas, noun, plural non·gas·es.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gas

fluid, gas , liquid (see synonym study at liquid)
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British Dictionary definitions for gas

gas
/ (ɡæs) /

noun plural gases or gasses
verb gases, gasses, gassing or gassed

Derived forms of gas

gasless, adjective

Word Origin for gas

C17 (coined by J. B. van Helmont (1577–1644), Flemish chemist): modification of Greek khaos atmosphere
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Medical definitions for gas

gas
[ găs ]

n. pl. gas•es
v.
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Scientific definitions for gas

gas
[ găs ]

One of four main states of matter, composed of molecules in constant random motion. Unlike a solid, a gas has no fixed shape and will take on the shape of the space available. Unlike a liquid, the intermolecular forces are very small; it has no fixed volume and will expand to fill the space available.

Other words from gas

gaseous adjective (găsē-əs, găshəs)
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Cultural definitions for gas

gas

In physics, one of the phases of matter. The atoms or molecules in gases are more widely spaced than in solids or liquids and suffer only occasional collisions with one another.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with gas

gas

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