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Definitions of gas

  1. To singe, as in a gas flame, so as to remove loose fibers; as, to gas thread. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To impregnate with gas; as, to gas lime with chlorine in the manufacture of bleaching powder. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. to expose to a poisonous or noxious gas Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To cause to inhale poison gas; a method of warfare in troduced by the Germans in the World War. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. show off Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Gassing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. An aeriform fluid; -- a term used at first by chemists as synonymous with air, but since restricted to fluids supposed to be permanently elastic, as oxygen, hydrogen, etc., in distinction from vapors, as steam, which become liquid on a reduction of temperature. In present usage, since all of the supposed permanent gases have been liquified by cold and pressure, the term has resumed nearly its original signification, and is applied to any substance in the elastic or aeriform state. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A complex mixture of gases, of which the most important constituents are marsh gas, olefiant gas, and hydrogen, artificially produced by the destructive distillation of gas coal, or sometimes of peat, wood, oil, resin, etc. It gives a brilliant light when burned, and is the common gas used for illuminating purposes. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Laughing gas. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Any irrespirable aeriform fluid. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Gasoline. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. An aeriform fluid; - a term used at first by chemists as synonymous with air, but since restricted to fluids supposed to be permanently elastic, as oxygen, hydrogen, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Elastic, airlike fluid; a thin, airlike mixture obtained from minerals and used to give light and heat; an airlike mixture of chemicals, poisonous to inhale; colloquially, gasoline. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. In popular language, coal gas: in chem. an elastic aeriform fluid, a term originally synonymous with air, but afterwards restricted to such bodies as were supposed to be incapable of being reduced to a liquid or solid state. Under this supposition gas was defined to be "a term applied to all permanently elastic fluids or airs differing from common air." Since the liquefaction of gases by Faraday, effected by combining the condensing powers of mechanical compression with that of very considerable depression of temperature, the distinction between gas and vapor, viz., that the latter could be reduced to a liquid or solid condition by reduction of temperature and increase of pressure, while gas could not be so altered, is no longer tenable, so that the term has resumed nearly its original signification, and designates any substance in an elastic aeriform state. Gas may now be defined to be a substance possessing the condition of perfect fluid elasticity, and presenting, under a constant pressure, a uniform state of expansion for equal increments of temperature, being distinguished by this last property from vapor, which does not present such a rate of uniform expansion. Gases are distinguished from liquids by the name of elastic fluids; while liquids are termed non-elastic because they have, comparatively, no elasticity. But the most prominent distinction is the following: -Liquids are compressible to a certain degree, and expand into their former state when the pressure is removed; and in so far they are elastic, but gases appear to be in a continued state of compression, for when left unconfined they expand in every direction to an extent which has not hitherto been determined. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Any fluid in the form of air. esp. that prepared from coal and used for lighting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. An aeriform elastic fluid; such a fluid used for lighting or heating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A single jet or fiame supplied by gas. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Gasoline. gasjet; gaslight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. An elastic fluid in the form of air; popularly that obtained from coal, and used for purposes of lighting. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. An aeriform fluid; any air; the air or carburetted hydrogen used to light our houses. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Gassed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for gas

  1. Both held gas guns. – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  2. The shadow of each moving ridge cast from the gas light was distinctly seen. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
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