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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GASSING

This is known as "gassing," and is an indication that the cell is fully charged.

The pirate was flying just ahead of the big plane, very likely gassing them.

Mr. Hopkins was not altogether so sure that Jim had been "only gassing."

Still, I'm not gassing when I tell you I knew all about it before.

If you get gassing a lot, you might tumble in for almost anything.

In April we heard of the gassing of the first Canadians at Ypres.

Many of our lads believed that a second gassing was imminent, and got into their masks.

And we have been sitting here, gassing, whilst— He broke off abruptly.

As I have told you, he goes and cures people when they are ill, instead of gassing about it.

You can't get out of it, after gassing so much about the place.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from Dutch gas, probably from Greek khaos "empty space" (see chaos). The sound of Dutch "g" is roughly equivalent to that of Greek "kh." First used by Flemish chemist J.B. van Helmont (1577-1644), probably influenced by Paracelsus, who used khaos in an occult sense of "proper elements of spirits" or "ultra-rarified water," which was van Helmont's definition of gas.

Modern scientific sense began 1779, with later specialization to "combustible mix of vapors" (1794, originally coal gas); "anesthetic" (1894, originally nitrous oxide); and "poison gas" (1900). Meaning "intestinal vapors" is from 1882. "The success of this artificial word is unique" [Weekley]. Slang sense of "empty talk" is from 1847; slang meaning "something exciting or excellent" first attested 1953, from earlier hepster slang gasser in the same sense (1944). Gas also meant "fun, a joke" in Anglo-Irish and was used so by Joyce (1914). As short for gasoline, it is American English, first recorded 1905.

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