gas NOUN (pl. gases or chiefly US gasses) 1) an air-like fluid substance which expands freely to fill any space available, irrespective of its quantity. 2) a flammable substance of this type used as a fuel. 3) a gaseous anaesthetic such as nitrous oxide, used in dentistry. 4) (a gas) informal an entertaining or amusing person or thing. 5) N. Amer. informal gasoline. 6) chiefly N. Amer. flatulence. 7) Mining an explosive mixture of firedamp with air.
VERB (gases, gassed, gassing) 1) attack with, expose to, or kill with gas. 2) N. Amer. informal fill the tank of (a motor vehicle) with petrol. 3) informal talk idly; chatter.
DERIVATIVES gasification noun gasify verb gasser noun.
ORIGIN invented by the Belgian chemist J. B. van Helmont (1577 1644) to denote an occult principle which he believed to exist in all matter; suggested by Greek khaos 'chaos' .

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