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gasnoun

uk   /ɡæs/  us   /ɡæs/
  • gas noun (AIR SUBSTANCE)

B2 [C or U] a ​substance in a ​form like ​air that is neither ​solidnorliquid: Oxygen, ​hydrogen, and ​nitrogen are all gases. poisonous/​inflammable/​toxic gas
A2 [C or U] a ​substance in a ​form like ​air that is used as a ​fuel for ​heating and ​cooking: Do you ​prefercooking with ​electricity or gas?UK A ​leak in the gas mains (= ​pipes)caused a ​majorexplosion. a gas-​firedpowerstation
[U] informal a ​substance in a ​form like ​air used for ​medicalpurposes to ​preventpeoplefeelingpain or being ​conscious during an ​operation: I had/was given gas when I had my ​wisdomteeth taken out.
[U] mainly US (UK wind) air in the ​bowels or in a baby's ​stomach, ​especially when this makes you ​feeluncomfortable or makes ​noises: Beer gives me gas.

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  • gas noun (LIQUID FUEL)

A2 [U] US (also formal gasoline, UK petrol) a ​liquidobtained from ​petroleum, used ​especially as a ​fuel for ​cars, ​aircraft, and other ​vehicles: I'll ​stop and get some gas - we're ​runninglow. a gas ​tank/​pump
the gas [S] mainly US
the ​part of a ​car that you ​push with ​yourfoot to make it go ​faster: Step on the gas (= ​drivefaster)!

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  • gas noun (ENJOYABLE SITUATION)

[S] mainly US informal old-fashioned a ​funny or ​enjoyablesituation: Some ​kids put on a show for the ​moms and ​dads, - it was a gas.

gasverb

uk   /ɡæs/  us   /ɡæs/ (-ss-)
  • gas verb (POISON)

[T] to ​kill or ​injure a ​person by making them ​breathepoisonous gas: Hundreds of thousands of ​soldiers were gassed in the First World War.
  • gas verb (TALK)

[I] old-fashioned informal to ​talk for a ​longtime about things that are not ​important: Susan came round and we ​sat gassing for ​hours.
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(Definition of gas from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gas" in American English

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gasnoun

 us   /ɡæs/
  • gas noun (MATTER)

science [C/U] a ​form of ​matter that is neither ​solidnorliquid and can ​increase in ​size to ​fill any ​container
science [C/U] Gas is also the ​usual word used to ​talk about ​natural gas.
[C/U] Gas is also the ​feeling that you sometimes get after ​eating a lot and the ​air such ​eatingproduces in ​yourstomach.
  • gas noun (LIQUID FUEL)

[U] (also gasoline,  /ˈɡæs·əˌlin, ˌ==ˈ=/ ) a ​liquidobtained from ​petroleum (= ​dark, ​thickoil), used esp. as a ​fuel for ​cars and other ​vehicles: We’re ​runninglow on gas.

gasverb [T]

 us   /ɡæs/ (-ss-)
  • gas verb [T] (BREATHE MATTER)

to ​kill or ​injurepeople or ​animals by making them ​breathepoisonous gas: Hundreds of thousands of ​soldiers were gassed in ​World War I.
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(Definition of gas from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"gas" in Business English

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gasnoun

uk   us   /ɡæs/ (plural gases or gasses)
[C or U] ENVIRONMENT a substance in a ​form like ​air that is neither ​solid nor ​liquid: Oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen are all gases. All EU countries are ​required to ​cut their ​emissions of greenhouse gases.
[U] ( US also gasoline, UK petrol) NATURAL RESOURCES, TRANSPORT a ​liquid obtained from petroleum, used especially as ​fuel for ​cars and other ​vehicles: It was getting late and we were nearly out of gas. The ​price of gas seems to be getting ​higher and ​higher.
(Definition of gas from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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