gas


gas
gas1 W2S1 [gæs] n plural gases or gasses
[Sense: 1-3, 6-9; Date: 1600-1700; : Modern Latin; Origin: Greek khaos 'empty space'; CHAOS]
[Sense: 4-5; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: gasoline]
1.) [U and C]
a substance such as air, which is not solid or liquid, and usually cannot be seen
hydrogen gas
toxic/poisonous/noxious gases
a cloud of toxic gas
a gas cylinder/bottle
(=for storing gas)
2.) [U]
a clear substance like air that is burned for heating or cooking
gas cooker/stove/oven
Can you light the gas for me?
The explosion was caused by a gas leak from the water heater.
3.) gas mark 4/5/6 etc
BrE a measurement of the temperature of a gas ↑oven
4.) [U] AmE also gasoline
a liquid made from ↑petroleum, used mainly for producing power in the engines of cars, trucks etc
British Equivalent: petrol
I probably spend over $200 a month on gas.
The mechanic found a hole in the gas tank .
5.) the gas
AmE the gas ↑pedal of a car
We stepped on the gas (=pushed down the gas pedal and made the car go faster) and sped away.
6.) [U]
a clear substance like air that is used for medical reasons, for example to make people feel less pain or make them sleep during an operation
an anaesthetic gas
7.) [U]
a type of gas used as a weapon, because it harms or kills people when they breathe it in
mustard gas
8.) [U] AmE informal the condition of having a lot of air in your stomach
British Equivalent: wind
9.) a gas
AmE old-fashioned spoken something that is fun and makes you laugh a lot
gas 2
gas2 v past tense gassed past participle gassing
1.) [T]
to poison or kill someone with gas
2.) [i]BrE informal to talk for a long time about unimportant or boring things
= ↑chat
They were just standing there gassing away.
gas up phr v
to put petrol in a car
We'd better gas up before we go.
gas sth<=>up
George gassed up the car.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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