Definition of gas verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gas

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡæs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gas
    BrE BrE//ɡæs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæs//
     
    he / she / it gases
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæsɪz//
     
    past simple gassed
    BrE BrE//ɡæst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæst//
     
    past participle gassed
    BrE BrE//ɡæst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæst//
     
    -ing form gassing
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæsɪŋ//
     
     
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    kill/harm with gas
  1. 1[transitive] gas somebody/yourself to kill or harm somebody by making them breathe poisonous gas She gassed herself with fumes from the car’s exhaust pipe. He was gassed in the war.
  2. talk
  3. 2[intransitive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) (old-fashioned, informal) to talk for a long time about things that are not important synonym chat I thought he’d never stop gassing!
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: invented by J. B. van Helmont (1577–1644), Belgian chemist, to denote an occult principle which he believed to exist in all matter; suggested by Greek khaos ‘chaos’, with Dutch g representing Greek kh.
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