gas

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gas

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Noun[change]

Singular
gas

Plural
gases or gasses

  1. (uncountable) A gas is a substance, such as air, that is not liquid or solid.
    The sun is a giant ball of gas.
    The the carbon dioxide gas in Coke and other soft drinks gives them their bubbles.
    The workers appear to have been killed by a poisonous gas.
  2. (uncountable) Gas is a substance such as methane, ethane, propane, or butane that is burned for heat or to make electricity.
    Our house has gas-fired central heating.
    In the winter, we pay more for gas and electricity.
    Alberta's economy is based largely on oil and gas.
  3. (uncountable) In North America, gas is short for gasoline, a liquid that is used by cars.
    A small car like mine holds about 40 litres of gas.
  4. (uncountable) In North America, the gas is the gas pedal (accelerator) in a car or truck.
    We're in a hurry, so hit the gas.
  5. (uncountable) In North America, if you have gas, you have the need to fart or burp a lot.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
gas

Third-person singular
gases

Past tense
gassed

Past participle
gassed

Present participle
gassing

Plain form
gas

Third-person singular
gasses

Past tense
gassed

Past participle
gassed

Present participle
gassing

  1. (transitive) If you gas person or an animal, you poison it with gas.
    Hitler's soldiers gassed millions of Jews during World War II.
    The mice were gassed and then cut open to examine any changes.
  2. (transitive) If you gas up a vehicle, you put fuel in it.
    As soon as the planes land, we gas them up and they're ready to go again.