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[gas-ee-uh s, gash-uh s] /ˈgæs i əs, ˈgæʃ əs/
existing in the state of a gas; not solid or liquid.
pertaining to or having the characteristics of gas.
Informal. lacking firmness or solidity; uncertain; not definite.
gassy (defs 1, 3).
Origin of gaseous
1790-1800; gas + -eous
Related forms
gaseousness, gaseity
[ga-see-i-tee] /gæˈsi ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nongaseous, adjective
nongaseousness, noun
pseudogaseous, adjective
quasi-gaseous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gaseous
  • It has the leaden consistency and gaseous redolence of a diet thick with potatoes.
  • Over time the gas giants migrate inward due to the irregular twisting motions of the gaseous disks in which they formed.
  • There can be no doubt that at one time our planet existed in a gaseous, then in a liquid condition.
  • Instead, it is retained by the gaseous water molecules.
  • The current best guess is that the bulk of the normal matter is trapped in giant gaseous filaments.
  • In addition, the volcano there is active and gaseous sulfur escaping from vents can make the environment even more hostile.
  • The need to do fundamental research on odor, on controlling odor, and on gaseous dust emissions from livestock is still there.
  • They used compressed gaseous hydrogen and modified carburetors.
  • Some have compared me to a gaseous expulsion from the lower rectum.
  • Although the gaseous planet isn't expected to be habitable, its atmosphere could contain water vapor.
British Dictionary definitions for gaseous


/ˈɡæsɪəs; -ʃəs; -ʃɪəs; ˈɡeɪ-/
of, concerned with, or having the characteristics of a gas
Derived Forms
gaseousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gaseous

1799, from gas (n.) + -ous.

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gaseous in Medicine

gaseous gas·e·ous (gās'ē-əs, gāsh'əs)

  1. Of, relating to, or existing as a gas.

  2. Full of or containing gas; gassy.

gas'e·ous·ness n.
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gaseous in Science
One of four main states of matter, composed of molecules in constant random motion. Unlike a solid, a gas has no fixed shape and will take on the shape of the space available. Unlike a liquid, the intermolecular forces are very small; it has no fixed volume and will expand to fill the space available.

gaseous adjective (gās'ē-əs, gāsh'əs)
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