- to put gasoline into the tank of (a vehicle)
- to press on the accelerator of an automobile
- to hurry; move or act faster
Other Word Forms of Gas
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Gas
- gas up
- step on the gas
Origin of Gas
Dutch an occult physical principle supposed to be present in all bodies alteration of Greek khaos chaos, empty space coined by Jan Baptista van Helmont (1577–1644), Flemish chemist
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Dutch gas, a word coined by chemist Van Helmont. From Ancient Greek χάος (khaos, “chasm, void”).
Compare the slang usage of "a gas", above.
Shortening of gasoline.
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