noun, plural gas·es or gas·ses.
- Also called gas pedal. the foot-operated accelerator of an automotive vehicle: Take your foot off the gas.
- empty talk.
- a person or thing that is very entertaining, pleasing, or successful: The party was an absolute gas, and we loved it.
- a person or thing that affects one strongly.
verb (used with object), gassed, gas·sing.
- to talk nonsense or falsehood to.
- to amuse or affect strongly: Her weird clothes really gas me.
verb (used without object), gassed, gas·sing.
- to indulge in idle, empty talk.
- to become drunk (often followed by up).
Origin of gas
Definition for gas (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for gas
Security officials told Agence France-Presse that the gas station manager said he had recognized the two men.
Unconfirmed reports in the French media claimed that the brothers were spotted at a gas station in northern France on Thursday.
Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We have no heating; there is no gas and it is very cold inside the prison.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was from a former Railroad Commission employee who had gone to work for an oil and gas developer.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nevertheless, he regretted the very smell of the gas and the noise of the omnibuses.Sentimental Education Vol 1|Gustave Flaubert
You can—this heap has got the legs of a centipede and you've got plenty of gas and oil.Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith
Suspended from the gas pipe, which was bent and leaking, was Don Roberto.The Californians|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Of these he covered just about two, and even that ground was only what he gained in the first surprise of his gas attack.War Letters of a Public-School Boy|Paul Jones.
The gauge is attached to the gas burner and the pressure is read by means of a scale attached to the gauge.General Science|Bertha M. Clark
British Dictionary definitions for gas (1 of 5)
noun plural gases or gasses
- to increase the speed of a motor vehicle; accelerate
- to hurry
verb gases, gasses, gassing or gassed
Word Origin for gas
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the internet domain name for
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the chemical symbol for
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Word Origin and History for gas (1 of 2)
1650s, from Dutch gas, probably from Greek khaos "empty space" (see chaos). The sound of Dutch "g" is roughly equivalent to that of Greek "kh." First used by Flemish chemist J.B. van Helmont (1577-1644), probably influenced by Paracelsus, who used khaos in an occult sense of "proper elements of spirits" or "ultra-rarified water," which was van Helmont's definition of gas.
Modern scientific sense began 1779, with later specialization to "combustible mix of vapors" (1794, originally coal gas); "anesthetic" (1894, originally nitrous oxide); and "poison gas" (1900). Meaning "intestinal vapors" is from 1882. "The success of this artificial word is unique" [Weekley]. Slang sense of "empty talk" is from 1847; slang meaning "something exciting or excellent" first attested 1953, from earlier hepster slang gasser in the same sense (1944). Gas also meant "fun, a joke" in Anglo-Irish and was used so by Joyce (1914). As short for gasoline, it is American English, first recorded 1905.
Word Origin and History for gas (1 of 2)
1886, "to supply with gas," from gas (n.). Sense of "poison with gas" is from 1889 as an accidental thing, from 1915 as a military attack. Related: Gassed; gassing.
Medicine definitions for gas (1 of 2)
n. pl. gas•es
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Idioms and Phrases with gas
In addition to the idiom beginning with gas
- gas up
- cook with gas
- run out of steam (gas)