gas

gas
[[t]gæ̱s[/t]]
♦♦
gases, gasses, gassing, gassed
(The form gases is the plural of the noun. The form gasses is the third person singular of the verb.)
1) N-UNCOUNT Gas is a substance like air that is neither liquid nor solid and burns easily. It is used as a fuel for cooking and heating.

Coal is actually cheaper than gas...

Shell signed a contract to develop oil and gas reserves near Archangel.

2) N-VAR A gas is any substance that is neither liquid nor solid, for example oxygen or hydrogen.

Helium is a very light gas.

...a huge cloud of gas and dust from the volcanic eruption.

3) N-MASS Gas is a poisonous gas that can be used as a weapon.

...mustard gas...

The problem was that the exhaust gases contain many toxins.

4) N-MASS Gas is a gas used for medical purposes, for example to make patients feel less pain or go to sleep during an operation. [INFORMAL]

...an anaesthetic gas used by many dentists.

5) N-UNCOUNT Gas is the fuel which is used to drive motor vehicles. [AM]

...a tank of gas.

...gas stations.

Syn:
(in BRIT, use petrol)
6) VERB To gas a person or animal means to kill them by making them breathe poisonous gas.

[V n] Her husband ran a pipe from her car exhaust to the bedroom in an attempt to gas her.

7) N-SING: a N You can describe a situation or event as a gas when it is very lively, amusing, and enjoyable. [INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED]

It was really a gas to find someone I could talk with.

8) See also , laughing gas, , tear gas, , gas mask
9) PHRASE: V inflects If you step on the gas when you are driving a vehicle, you go faster. [mainly AM, INFORMAL]
Syn:
(in BRIT, use step on it)

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