I. noun (plural gases; also gasses) Etymology: New Latin, alteration of Latin chaos space, chaos Date: 1779 1. a fluid (as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely 2. a. a combustible gas or gaseous mixture for fuel or lighting; especially natural gas b. a gaseous product of digestion; also discomfort from this c. a gas or gaseous mixture used to produce anesthesia d. a substance that can be used to produce a poisonous, asphyxiating, or irritant atmosphere 3. empty talk ; bombast 4. gasoline; also the accelerator pedal of an automotive vehicle 5. driving force ; energy <
I was young, and full of gas — H. L. Mencken
ran out of gas in the seventh inning
6. slang something that gives pleasure ; delight <
the party was a gas
II. verb (gassed; gassing) Date: 1852 intransitive verb 1. to talk idly or garrulously 2. to give off gas 3. to fill the tank (as of an automobile) with gasoline — usually used with up transitive verb 1. to supply with gas or especially gasoline <
gas up the car
2. a. to treat chemically with gas b. to poison or otherwise affect adversely with gas 3. slang to please greatly

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