noun, plural gas·works. (used with a singular verb)

a plant where heating and illuminating gas is manufactured and piped to homes and buildings.

Origin of gasworks

1810–20; gas + works (in the sense “manufacturing establishment”)
Also called gashouse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gasworks

Historical Examples of gasworks

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

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    Irvin S. Cobb

  • There was a noise of business from the gasworks, and the electric lamps were all alight.

  • Ghostly flames, leaping and falling, leaping and falling, showed where a gasworks lay on the Greenwich bank ahead.


    Sax Rohmer

  • Chemical works also find employment for twenty-six thousand, and gasworks for ten thousand work people.

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


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for gasworks



(functioning as singular) a plant in which gas, esp coal gas, is made
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