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
Examples from the Web for gas
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
December 18, 2014
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
Historical Examples of gas
Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.
The thought of the gas office and its deadly round sickened him.
Sidney had lighted the gas and was throwing on her dressing-gown.
Gas is indispensable in the operation of dirigible balloons, and gas is expensive.
Of acid it would take 60 times the weight of the gas, or nearly 76 tons.
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
the internet domain name for
the chemical symbol for
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.
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.
n. pl. gas•es
In addition to the idiom beginning with gas
- gas up
- cook with gas
- run out of steam (gas)