What does gas mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gas, gaseous statenoun

    the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency to become distributed uniformly throughout any container

  2. gasnoun

    a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely

  3. gasoline, gasolene, gas, petrolnoun

    a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines

  4. flatulence, flatulency, gasnoun

    a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal

  5. accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, gas, throttle, gunnoun

    a pedal that controls the throttle valve

    "he stepped on the gas"

  6. natural gas, gasverb

    a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes

  7. gasverb

    attack with gas; subject to gas fumes

    "The despot gassed the rebellious tribes"

  8. boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt, gasconadeverb

    show off


  1. Gasnoun

    same as gasoline; -- a shortened form. Also, the accelerator pedal of a motor vehicle; used in the term

  2. Gasnoun

    the accelerator pedal of a motor vehicle; used in the term

  3. Gasnoun

    Same as natural gas.

  4. Gasverb

    to expose to a poisonous or noxious gas


  1. gasadjective

    comical, zany.

  2. Etymology: Shortened from gasoline.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gasnoun

    It is used by Van Helmont, and seems designed to signify, in general, a spirit not capable of being coagulated: but he uses it loosely in many senses, and very unintelligibly and inconsistently. Har.

    Etymology: A word invented by the chymists.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gasnoun

    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

  2. Gasnoun

    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

  3. Gasnoun

    laughing gas

  4. Gasnoun

    any irrespirable aeriform fluid

  5. Etymology: [Invented by the chemist Van Helmont of Brussels, who died in 1644.]


  1. Gas

    Gas is one of the four fundamental states of matter. A pure gas may be made up of individual atoms, elemental molecules made from one type of atom, or compound molecules made from a variety of atoms. A gas mixture would contain a variety of pure gases much like the air. What distinguishes a gas from liquids and solids is the vast separation of the individual gas particles. This separation usually makes a colorless gas invisible to the human observer. The interaction of gas particles in the presence of electric and gravitational fields are considered negligible as indicated by the constant velocity vectors in the image. The gaseous state of matter is found between the liquid and plasma states, the latter of which provides the upper temperature boundary for gases. Bounding the lower end of the temperature scale lie degenerative quantum gases which are gaining increasing attention. High-density atomic gases super cooled to incredibly low temperatures are classified by their statistical behavior as either a Bose gas or a Fermi gas. For a comprehensive listing of these exotic states of matter see list of states of matter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gas

    gas, n. a vaporous substance not condensed into a liquid at ordinary terrestrial temperatures and pressures—esp. that obtained from coal, used in lighting houses: (coll.) frothy talk:—pl. Gas′es.—v.t. to supply with gas: (U.S.) to impose on by talking gas.—v.i. to vapour, talk boastfully.—ns. Gasalier′, Gaselier′, a hanging frame with branches for gas-jets, formed on false analogy from chandelier; Gas′-bag, a bag for holding gas: a boastful, talkative person; Gas′-brack′et, a pipe, mostly curved, projecting from the wall of a room, used for illuminating purposes; Gas′-burn′er, a piece of metal fitted to the end of a gas-pipe, with one or more small holes so arranged as to spread out the flame; Gas′-coal, any coal suitable for making illuminating gas; Gas′-condens′er, an apparatus for freeing coal-gas from tar; Gasē′ity, Gā′seousness.—adj. Gaseous (gā′se-us).ns. Gas′-en′gine, an engine in which motion is communicated to the piston by the alternate admission and condensation of gas in a closed cylinder; Gas′-fit′ter, one who fits up the pipes and brackets for gas-lighting; Gas′-fix′ture, a bracket or chandelier for gas; Gas′-fur′nace, a furnace of which the fuel is gas; Gas′holder, a large vessel for storing gas; Gasificā′tion, the process of converting into gas.—v.t. Gas′ify, to convert into gas.—ns. Gas′-jet, a gas-burner; Gas′-lamp, a lamp lighted by gas; Gas′-main, one of the principal underground pipes conveying gas from the works to the places where it is consumed; Gas′-man, a man employed in the manufacture of gas: the man who controls the lights of the stage; Gas′-mē′ter, an instrument for measuring the quantity of gas consumed at a particular place in a given time; Gas′ogene (same as Gazogene); Gas′olene, rectified petroleum; Gasom′eter, an instrument for measuring gas: a place for holding gas.—adjs. Gasomet′ric, -al.—ns. Gas′-pipe, a pipe for conveying gas; Gas′sing, idle talking; Gas′-stove, an apparatus in which coal-gas is used for heating and cooking purposes.—adj. Gas′sy, full of gas, gaseous: (slang) given to vain and boastful talk.—ns. Gas′-tank, a reservoir for coal-gas; Gas′-tar, coal-tar.—adj. Gas′-tight, sufficiently close to prevent the escape of gas.—ns. Gas′-wa′ter, water through which coal-gas has been passed; Gas′-works, an establishment where illuminating gas is manufactured. [A word invented by the Dutch chemist J. B. Van Helmont (1577-1644)—the form suggested by Gr. chaos.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gas

    [as in ‘gas chamber’] 1. interj. A term of disgust and hatred, implying that gas should be dispensed in generous quantities, thereby exterminating the source of irritation. “Some loser just reloaded the system for no reason! Gas!” 2. interj. A suggestion that someone or something ought to be flushed out of mercy. “The system's getting wedged every few minutes. Gas!” 3. vt. To flush (sense 1). “You should gas that old crufty software.” 4. [IBM] n. Dead space in nonsequentially organized files that was occupied by data that has since been deleted; the compression operation that removes it is called degassing (by analogy, perhaps, with the use of the same term in vacuum technology). 5. [IBM] n. Empty space on a disk that has been clandestinely allocated against future need.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gas' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1501

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gas' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1116

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gas' in Nouns Frequency: #578

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gas in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gas in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gas in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi:

    Under the present circumstances, the government and the Oil Ministry have not issued any policy or plan to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) towards halting the increase in the production and exports of oil, currently, Iran's crude oil exports, excluding gas condensates, have reached 2 million barrels per day (bpd).

  2. Maros Sefcovic:

    So far, everything is in order, we are in close and, I would even say, everyday contact with both Ukraine and the Russian Federation, and I hope that we will have no problem with gas this winter.

  3. Jacklen Kohen:

    We held very intensive talks with Gazprom Export, and we were assured us that there will be no problems to increase natural gas deliveries.

  4. Athan Manuel:

    We urge the Joe Biden administration to build on this report by phasing out new oil and gas leasing altogether.

  5. Phillip Gregory:

    If you look at some of Obama’s speeches, like when he offered praise for the oil and gas industry in 2012 while speaking in Oklahoma, it is clear they are both on the same side, the administration has done an inadequate job in getting where we need to be [in protecting the environment] and contesting this case is just another example of how [Obama] is supporting the fossil fuel industry.

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