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gas British & World English

An air-like fluid substance which expands freely to fill any space available, irrespective of its quantity

CS gas British & World English

A powerful form of tear gas used particularly in the control of riots

gas cap British & World English

A cap that closes the pipe leading to the petrol tank of a motor vehicle

gas jet British & World English

Another term for gas burner

gas log British & World English

A gas-burning appliance consisting of a gas burner made to resemble a log, used in a fireplace to simulate the effect of a burning log

gas oil British & World English

A type of fuel oil distilled from petroleum and heavier than paraffin oil

gas tap British & World English

A device for controlling the flow of gas from a pipe

off-gas British & World English

A gas which is given off, especially one emitted as the by-product of a chemical process

oil gas British & World English

A gaseous mixture derived from mineral oils by destructive distillation

Calor gas British & World English

Liquefied butane stored under pressure in portable containers, used domestically as a substitute for mains gas and in camping as a portable fuel

coal gas British & World English

A mixture of gases (chiefly hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide) obtained by the destructive distillation of coal and formerly used for lighting and heating

flue gas British & World English

A mixture of gases produced by the burning of fuel or other materials in power stations and industrial plants and extracted via ducts

gas fire British & World English

A domestic heating appliance which uses gas as its fuel

gas-fired British & World English

Using gas as its fuel

gas giant British & World English

A large planet of relatively low density consisting predominantly of hydrogen and helium, such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune

gas lamp British & World English

A lamp in which the combustion of gas is used as a source of light

gas laws British & World English

The physical laws that describe the properties of gases, including Boyle’s and Charles’s laws

gas main British & World English

The main pipe supplying gas to buildings

gas mark British & World English

A particular temperature level in a gas oven

gas mask British & World English

A protective mask used to cover a person’s face as a defence against poison gas

gas meter British & World English

A device that measures and records the amount of gas used in a building

gas oven British & World English

A domestic oven operating by gas

gas pedal British & World English

The pedal that controls the speed of a vehicle’s engine

gas plant British & World English

An aromatic Eurasian plant of the rue family, with showy white flowers and fragrant leaves that emit a flammable vapour. This can sometimes be ignited without harming the plant

gas pump British & World English

A petrol pump

gas range British & World English

A large cooking stove that uses natural gas as a fuel

gas ring British & World English

A gas burner comprising a series of gas jets arranged in a circle, typically forming part of a cooker or hob

gas stove British & World English

A stove that uses gas as a fuel

gas tank British & World English

The container holding the petrol in a motor vehicle

gas-tight British & World English

Sealed so as to prevent the leakage of gas

ideal gas British & World English

A hypothetical gas whose molecules occupy negligible space and have no interactions, and which consequently obeys the gas laws exactly

inert gas British & World English

Another term for noble gas.

marsh gas British & World English

Methane, especially as generated by decaying matter in marshes

nerve gas British & World English

A poisonous vapour which has a rapid disabling or lethal effect by disrupting the transmission of nerve impulses

noble gas British & World English

Any of the gaseous elements helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon, occupying Group 0 (18) of the periodic table. They were long believed to be totally unreactive but compounds of xenon, krypton, and radon are now known

rare gas British & World English

Another term for noble gas.

shale gas British & World English

Natural gas occurring within or extracted from shale

tail gas British & World English

Gas produced in a refinery and not required for further processing

tear gas British & World English

Gas that causes severe irritation to the eyes, chiefly used in riot control to force crowds to disperse

town gas British & World English

Old-fashioned term for coal gas.

water gas British & World English

A fuel gas consisting mainly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, made by passing steam over incandescent coke

Calor gas New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

liquefied butane in portable containers

blister gas British & World English

Poison gas which causes blisters on and intense irritation to the skin

bottled gas British & World English

Butane or propane gas stored under pressure in portable tanks

gas burner British & World English

A nozzle or jet through which gas is released to burn, e.g., on a stove

gas carrier British & World English

A ship designed to carry liquefied gas in bulk


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