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poison gas

noun

  1. any of various toxic gases, especially those used in chemical warfare to kill or incapacitate on inhalation or contact, as phosgene, chlorine, etc.


poison gas

noun

  1. a gaseous substance, such as chlorine, phosgene, or lewisite, used in warfare to kill or harm


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Word History and Origins

Origin of poison gas1

First recorded in 1910–15

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Example Sentences

Guards subjected torture victims to electric shocks, doused them with poison gas and burned them.

Because the decay will trigger the opening of the vial of poison gas and hence the death of the cat, the cat’s life or death is also a purely chance event.

Then came the horrors of World War I, with the advent of tanks and airplanes and poison gas.

At first, some doubted the regime had actually used poison gas.

By using poison gas against his own people, Bashar al-Assad has achieved two goals.

The Assad regime in Syria has carried out a horrifying crime, killing 1,400 noncombatants with poison gas.

Even an attempt to destroy a chemical-weapons dump may be disastrous, if the poison gas is released into the atmosphere.

It might have been heat, for the thermometer registered one hundred and thirty-five, and it might have been poison gas.

High-explosive shells and poison gas—these were the weapons which they believed would give them victory.

This ravine was crammed with artillery batteries which were daily subjected to fire and deluged with poison gas.

In addition to that, the fickleness of the wind might waft the poison gas in the direction of our own vessels.

After Hill 60, Ypres, where shrapnel and poison gas put an end to my soldiering days—I am afraid for ever.

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